AISC 36010
Steel Frame
Design Manual
AISC 36010
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1.5, K = 1.0) (AISC App. 7.2).
1.3.2 Direct Analysis Method
The Direct Analysis Method is expected to more accurately determine the
internal forces of the structure, provided care is used in the selection of the
appropriate methods used to determine the secondorder effects, notional load
effects and appropriate stiffness reduction factors as defined in AISC C2.
Additionally, the Direct Analysis Method does not use an effective length
factor other than K = 1.0. The rational behind the use of K = 1.0 is that proper
consideration of the secondorder effects (P and P), geometric
imperfections (using notional loads) and inelastic effects (applying stiffness
reductions) better accounts for the stability effects of a structure than the earlier
Effective Length methods.
1  4 Direct Analysis Method vs. Effective Length Method
Chapter 1 Introduction
1.4 User Options
In addition to offering ASD and LRFD design, the Design Options menu pro
vides seven analysis methods for design, as follows:
General Second Order Elastic Analysis (AISC C1.2)
Second Order Analysis by Amplified First Order Analysis (AISC C1.2,
App. 7.2, App. 8.2)
Limited First Order Elastic Analysis (AISC C1.2, App. 7.3)
Direct Analysis Method with General Second Order Analysis and Variable
Factor Stiffness Reduction (AISC C1, C2)
Direct Analysis Method with General Second Order Analysis and Fixed
Factor Stiffness Reduction (AISC C1, C2)
Direct Analysis Method with Amplified First Order Analysis and Variable
Factor Stiffness Reduction (AISC C1, C2)
Direct Analysis Method with Amplified First Order Analysis and Fixed
Factor Stiffness Reduction (AISC C1, C2)
These options are explained in greater detail in Chapter 2. The first three op
tions make use of the effective length approach to determine the effective
length factors, K. The four options available for the Direct Design Method dif
fer in the use of a variable or fixed stiffness reduction factor and the method
used to capture the secondorder effects. All four Direct Analysis Methods op
tions use an effective length factor, K = 1.0.
1.5 NonAutomated Items in Steel Frame Design
Currently, the software does not automate the following:
Notional loads combinations that include lateral wind and quake loads
The validity of the analysis method. The user must verify the suitability of
the specified analysis method used under the User Options described in the
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preceding sections. The AISC code requires, for instance, that the Direct
Analysis Method be used when a ratio of the second order displacements to
the first order displacements exceeds 1.5 (AISC C1.2, App. 7.2.1(2), App.
7.3.1(2)). This check currently must be performed by the user.
P analysis. Since many different codes are supported by the software and
not all require a P analysis, the user must specify that a P analysis be
performed during the analysis phase so that the proper member forces are
available for use in the design phase. See the AISC Direct Analysis Method
Practical Guide for additional information.
1  6 NonAutomated Items in Steel Frame Design
Chapter 2
Design Algorithms
This chapter provides an overview of the basic assumptions, design precondi
tions, and some of the design parameters that affect the design of steel frames.
For referring to pertinent sections of the corresponding code, a unique prefix is
assigned for each code.
Reference to the ANSI/AISC 36010 code is identified with the prefix
AISC.
Reference to the ANSI/AISC 34110 code is identified with the prefix
AISC SEISMIC or sometimes SEISMIC only.
Reference to the ASCE/SEI 710 code is identified with the prefix
ASCE.
Reference to the IBC 2012 code is identified with the prefix IBC.
2.1 Check and Design Capability
The program has the ability to check adequacy of a section (shape) in accord
ance with the requirements of the selected design code. Also the program can
automatically choose (i.e., design) the optimal (i.e., least weight) sections from
a predefined list that satisfies the design requirements.
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To check adequacy of a section, the program checks the demand/capacity (D/C) ra
tios at a predefined number of stations for each design load combination. It calcu
lates the envelope of the D/C ratios. It also checks the other requirements on a pass
or fail basis. If the capacity ratio remains less than or equal to the D/C ratio limit,
which is a number close to 1.0, and if the section passes all the special require
ments, the section is considered to be adequate, else the section is considered to be
failed. The D/C ratio limit is taken as 0.95 by default. However, this value can be
overwritten in the Preferences (see Chapter 3).
To choose (design) the optional section from a predefined list, the program first
orders the list of sections in increasing order of weight per unit length. Then it
starts checking each section from the ordered list, starting with the one with
least weight. The procedure of checking each section in this list is exactly the
same as described in the preceding paragraph. The program will evaluate each
section in the list until it finds the least weight section that passes the code
checks. If no section in the list is acceptable, the program will use the heaviest
section but flag it as being overstressed.
To check adequacy of an individual section, the user must assign the section
using the Assign menu. In that case, both the analysis and design sections will
be changed.
To choose the optimal section, the user must first define a list of steel sections,
the Auto Select sections list. The user must next assign this list, in the same
manner as an y other section assignment, to the frame members to be opti
mized. The program will use the median section by weight when doing the ini
tial analysis. Check the program Help for more information about defining and
assigning Auto Select Section lists.
2.2 Design and Check Stations
For each design combination, steel frame members (beams, columns, and
braces) are designed (optimized) or checked at a number of locations (stations)
along the length of the object. The stations are located at equally spaced
segments along the clear length of the object. By default, at least three stations
will be located in a column or brace member, and the stations in a beam will be
spaced at most 2 feet apart (0.5 m if the model has been created in metric
units). The user can overwrite the number of stations in an object before the
2  2 Design and Check Stations
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
analysis is run and refine the design along the length of a member by request
ing more stations. Refer to the program Help for more information about
specifying the number of stations in an object.
2.3 Demand/Capacity Ratios
Determination of the controlling demand/capacity (D/C) ratios for each steel
frame member indicates the acceptability of the member for the given loading
conditions. The steps for calculating the D/C ratios are as follows:
The factored forces are calculated for axial, flexural, and shear at each de
fined station for each design combination. The bending moments are calcu
lated about the principal axes. For IShape, Box, Channel, TShape, Dou
bleAngle, Pipe, Circular, and Rectangular sections, the principal axes co
incide with the geometric axes. For SingleAngle sections, the design con
siders the principal properties. For General sections, it is assumed that all
section properties are given in terms of the principal directions.
For SingleAngle sections, the shear forces are calculated for directions
along the geometric axes. For all other sections, the program calculates the
shear forces along the geometric and principal axes.
The nominal strengths are calculated for compression, tension, bending
and shear based on the equations provided later in this manual. For flexure,
the nominal strengths are calculated based on t he principal axes of bend
ing. For the IShape, Box, Channel, Circular, Pipe, TShape, DoubleAngle
and Rectangular sections, the principal axes coincide with their geometric
axes. For the Angle sections, the principal axes are determined and all
computations related to flexural stresses are based on that.
The nominal strength for shear is calculated along the geometric axes for
all sections. For IShape, Box, Channel, TShape, DoubleAngle, Pipe,
Circular, and Rectangular sections, the principal axes coincide with their
geometric axes. For SingleAngle sections, principal axes do not coincide
with the geometric axes.
Factored forces are compared to nominal strengths to determine D/C ratios.
In either case, design codes typically require that the ratios not exceed a
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value of one. A capacity ratio greater than one indicates a member that has
exceeded a limit state.
2.4 Design Load Combinations
The design load combinations are the various combinations of the prescribed
load cases for which the structure needs to be checked. The program creates a
number of default design load combinations for steel frame design. Users can
add their own design combinations as well as modify or delete the program
default design load combinations. An unlimited number of design load combi
nations can be specified.
To define a design load combination, simply specify one or more load cases,
each with its own scale factor. The scale factors are applied to the forces and
moments from the load cases to form the factored design forces and moments
for each design load combination.
For normal loading conditions involving static dead load (DL), live load (LL),
roof live load (RL), snow load (SL), wind load (WL), earthquake load (EL),
notional load (NL), and dynamic response spectrum load (EL), the program
has builtin default design combinations for the design code. These are based
on the code recommendations.
The default design combinations assume all load cases declared as dead or live to
be additive. However, each load case declared as wind, earthquake, or
response spectrum cases, is assumed to be nonadditive with other loads and pro
duces multiple lateral combinations. Also static wind, earthquake and
notional load responses produce separate design combinations with the sense (posi
tive or negative) reversed. The notional load patterns are added to load combina
tions involving gravity loads only. The user is free to modify the default design
preferences to include the notional loads for combinations involving lateral loads.
For other loading conditions involving moving load, time history, pattern live
load, separate consideration of roof live load, snow load, and the like, the user
must define the design load combinations in lieu of or in addition to the default
design load combinations. If notional loads are to be combined with other load
combinations involving wind or earthquake loads, the design load combina
tions need to be defined in lieu of or in addition to the default design load com
binations.
2  4 Design Load Combinations
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
For multivalued design combinations, such as those involving response spec
trum, time history, moving loads and envelopes, where any correspondence
between forces is lost, the program automatically produces subcombinations
using the maxima/minima values of the interacting forces. Separate combina
tions with negative factors for response spectrum load cases are not required
because the program automatically takes the minima to be the negative of the
maxima response when preparing the subcombinations described previously.
The program allows live load reduction factors to be applied to the member
forces of the reducible live load case on a memberbymember basis to reduce
the contribution of the live load to the factored responses.
2.5 Second Order PDelta Effects
The AISC 36010 steel frame design options include the use of the Direct
Analysis Method. The software is well suited to make us of the Direct Analysis
Method because each program can capture the secondorder P and P
effects, provided the user specifies that a nonlinear PDelta analysis be
performed.
P
Figure 21 System sway and element order effects
For more details about the program capabilities and limitations, see Appendix A.
Second Order PDelta Effects 2  5
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2.6 Analysis Methods
The code requires that stability shall be provided for the structure as a whole
and for each of the elements. Any method of analysis that considers the influ
ence of second order effects of P and P , geometric imperfections, outof
plumbness, and member stiffness reduction due to residual stresses are permit
ted by the code. The effects of geometric imperfection and outofplumbness
generally are captured by the use of notional loads. The effect of axial, shear
and flexural deformations and the effects of residual stresses on the member
stiffness reduction has been considered in a specialized method called Direct
Analysis Method. This method can come in different incarnations (formats)
according to the choice of the engineer as allowed in the code.
The program offers the user seven analysis options for design:
Direct Analysis Method
General Second Order Elastic Analysis with
b
variable (user option 1, Default)
b
fixed (user option 2)
Amplified First Order Elastic Analysis with
b
variable (user option 3)
b
fixed (user option 4)
Equivalent Length Method
General Second Order Elastic Analysis
(AISC C1.2, App. 7.2) (user option 5)
Amplified First Order Elastic Analysis
(AISC C1.2, App. 8.2) (user option 6)
Limited FirstOrder Analysis (AISC C1.2, App. 7.3) (user option 7)
A summary of all of the user options and requirements is provided in
Table 21. The main difference between the various options concerns the use of
the Direct Analysis Method or the Equivalent Length Method. Within each of
the categories, the user can choose the method to calculate the secondorder
2  6 Analysis Methods
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
effects, namely, by a General Second Order Analysis or an Amplified First
Order Analysis. When the amplified firstorder analysis is used, the force
amplification factors,
1
B and
2
B (AISC App. 8.2), are needed. The
1
B factor is
calculated by the program; however, the
2
B factor is not. The user will need to
provide this value using the overwrite options that are described in Appendix
B.
When the user selects one of the options available under the Direct Analysis
Method, the user must further choose how the stiffness reduction factors for
EI and AE are to be considered. For options 1 and 3, Table 21, the stiffness
reduction factors (
b
) are variable because they are functions of the axial force
in the members, while for methods 2 and 4, the stiffness reduction factors are
fixed (0.8), and not a function of axial force. If the user desires, the stiffness
reduction factors (
b
) can be overwritten. When options 2 and 4 are used, a
higher notional load coefficient (0.003) must be used compared to methods 1
and 3 for which the notional load coefficient is 0.002. Also, all the direct anal
ysis methods (methods 1 through 4) allow use of K factors for sway condition
(
2
K ) to be equal to 1, which is a drastic simplification over the other effective
length method.
The AISC requirements to include notional loads are also summarized in Table
21. The notional load coefficients (AISC C2.2b) are summarized as well. The
program automates creation of notional load combinations for all gravity loads
but does not automate the creation of notional load combinations that include
lateral wind or seismic loads. Combinations for notional loads with lateral
loads are required for the Direct Analysis Method when the
2nd 1st
exceeds
1.7 (AISC E2.2b(4)). Additionally, combinations for notional loads with lateral
loads are required if the Limited First Order Analysis, option 7, is used (AISC
App. 7.3.2).
The Limited First Order Analysis, option 7, doe s not include the secondary
P and P effects. This method has very limited applicability and might be
appropriate only when the axial forces in the columns are very small compared
to their Euler buckling capacities.
When using the LRFD provision, the actual load combinations are used for se
cond order P effects. When using the ASD provision, the load combinations
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are first amplified by 1.6 before the P analysis and then the results are re
duced by a factor of
( ) 1 1.6 (AISC C2.1(4)).
Table 21 The Essenti als and Limitations of the Design Anal ysis Methods
Direct Anal ysis Method
Option Variable
Limitation or
Applicability
Essentials of the Method
General Second
Order Analysis
Variable
Factor Stiffness
Reduction
No limitation
2nd Order Analysis
Reduced stiffness
* 0.8
b
EI EI =
* 0.8 EA EA =
1.0 for 0.5
4 1 for 0.5
r
y
b
r r r
y y y
P
P
P P P
P P P
=
  
 
 
\ .\ .
1
B and
2
B not used
2
1 (used for ) =
n
K P
Notional load with all combos, except for
2 1
1.7
nd st
for
which notional load with gravity combos only
Notional load coefficient = 0.002 (typically)
Fixed Factor
Stiffness
Reduction
No limitation
2nd Order Analysis
Reduced stiffness
* 0.8
b
EI EI =
* 0.8 EA EA =
=1.0
b
1
B and
2
B not used
2
1 (used for ) =
n
K P
Notional load with all combos, except for
2 1
1.7
nd st
for which notional load with gravity combos only
Notional load coefficient = 0.003 (typically)
Amplified First
Order Analysis
Variable
Factor Stiffness
Reduction
No limitation
1st Order Analysis
Reduced Stiffness
* 0.8
b
EI EI =
* 0.8 EA EA =
1.0 for 0.5
4 1 for 0.5
r
y
b
r r r
y y y
P
P
P P P
P P P
=
  
 
 
\ .\ .
1 1
1 for = K B
2 2
1 for and =
n
K P B
Notional load with all combos, except for
2 1
1.7
nd st
for which notional load with gravity combos only
Notional load coefficient = 0.002 (typically)
2  8 Analysis Methods
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
Table 21 The Essenti als and Limitations of the Design Anal ysis Methods
Direct Anal ysis Method
Option Variable
Limitation or
Applicability
Essentials of the Method
Amplified First
Order Analysis
Fixed Factor
Stiffness
Reduction
No limitation
2nd Order Analysis
Reduced stiffness
* 0.8
b
EI EI =
* 0.8 EA EA =
1.0
b
=
2
1 (used for ) =
n
K P
Notional load with all combos, except for
2 1
1.7
nd st
for which notional load with gravity combos only
Notional load coefficient = 0.003 (typically)
Effective Length Method
Option
Limitation or
Applicability
Essentials of the Method
General Second
Order Elastic
Analysis
2
1
1.5
(for all stories)
nd
st
=
r
y
P
any
P
(for all columns)
2nd Order Analysis
Unreduced Stiffness
2
= K K (used for
n
P )
Notional load with gravity combos only
Notional load coefficient = 0.002 (typically)
1
B = 1
2
B = 1
Amplified First
Order Analysis
2
1
1.5
(for all stories)
nd
st
=
r
y
P
any
P
(for all columns)
1st Order Analysis
Unreduced stiffness
1
K for
1
B
2
K for
2
B
2
= K K (used for
n
P )
Notional load with gravity combos only
Notional load with coefficient = 0.002 (typically)
Use of
1
B and
2
B
Limited First Order Anal ysis
Limited First
Order Elastic
Analysis
2
1
1.5
(for all stories)
nd
st
0.5
r
y
P
P
(for all columns)
1st Order Analysis
Unreduced stiffness
2
K for
n
P (not
2
B )
Notional load with all combos
Notional load with coefficient = ( ) 2 0.0042
L
 

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The program has several limitations that have been stated in Section 1.5 and
the preceding paragraphs. Additionally, the user must be aware that it is possi
ble to choose a design option that violates certain provisions of the AISC code
that will not be identified by the program. The limitation for the use of the
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effective length method, namely, the requirement that
2
1
1.5
nd
st
and
r
e
P
P
must
be verified by the user. To assist users to in making validity checks, the ratio
r
e
P
P
and are now reported in tabular form for each member.
2.7 Notional Load Patterns
Notional loads are lateral loads that are applied at each framing level and are
specified as a percentage of the gravity loads applied at that level. They are
intended to account for the destabilizing effects of outofplumbness, geometric
imperfections, inelasticity in structural members, and any other effects that
could induce sway and that are not explicitly considered in the analysis.
The program allows the user to create a Notional Load pattern as a percentage
of the previously defined gravity load pattern to be applied in one of the global
lateral directions: X or Y. The user can define more than one notional load
pattern associated with one gravity load by considering different factors and
different directions. In the ANSI/AISC 36010 code, the notional loads are
typically suggested to be 0.2% (or 0.002) (AISC C2.2b(3)), a factor referred to
as the notional load coefficient in this document. The notional load coefficient
can be 0.003 (AISC C2.3(3)). In some cases, it can be a function of second
order effects measured by relative story sway (AISC App. 7.3(2)). The code
also gives some flexibility to allow the engineerofrecord to apply judgment.
The notional load patterns should be considered in combination with appropri
ate factors, appropriate directions, and appropriate senses. Some of the design
analysis methods need the notional loads to be considered only in gravity load
combinations (AISC C2.2b(4)), and some of the methods need the notional
loads to be considered in all the design load combinations (AISC C2.2b(4)).
For a complete list, see Table 21 in the preceding Second Order Effects and
Analysis Methods section of this chapter.
Currently, the notional loads are not automatically included in the default
design load combinations that include lateral loads. However, the user is free to
modify the default design load combinations to include the notional loads with
appropriate factors and in appropriate load combinations.
2  10 Notional Load Patterns
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
2.8 Member Unsupported Lengths
The column unsupported lengths are required to account for column
slenderness effects for flexural buckling and for lateraltorsional buckling. The
program automatically determines the unsupported length ratios, which are
specified as a fraction of the frame object length. These ratios times the frame
object lengths give the unbraced lengths for the member. These ratios can also
be overwritten by the user on a memberbymember basis, if desired, using the
overwrite option.
Two unsupported lengths,
33
l and
22
l , as shown in Figure 22 are to be
considered for flexural buckling. These are the lengths between support points
of the member in the corresponding directions. The length
33
l corresponds to
instability about the 33 axis (major axis), and
22
l corresponds to instability
about the 22 axis (minor axis). The length
LTB
l , not shown in the figure, is
also used for lateraltorsional buckling caused by major direction bending (i.e.,
about the 33 axis).
In determining the values for
22
l and
33
l of the members, the program recog
nizes various aspects of the structure that have an effect on these lengths, such
as member connectivity, diaphragm constraints and support points. The pro
gram automatically locates the member support points and evaluates the corre
sponding unsupported length.
It is possible for the unsupported length of a frame object to be evaluated by
the program as greater than the corresponding member length. For example,
assume a column has a beam framing into it in one direction, but not the other,
at a f loor level. I n this case, the column is assumed to be supported in one
direction only at that story level, and its unsupported length in the other direc
tion will exceed the story height.
By default, the unsupported length for lateraltorsional buckling,
LTB
l , is taken
to be equal to the
22
l factor. Similar to
22
l and
33
l ,
LTB
l can be overwritten.
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Figure 22 Unsupported lengths
33
l and
22
l
2.9 Effects of Breaking a Member into Multiple
Elements
The preferred method is to model a beam, column or brace member as one sin
gle element. However, the user can request that the program break a member
internally at framing intersections and at specified intervals. In this way, accu
racy in modeling can be maintained, at the same time design/check specifica
tions can be applied accurately. There is special emphasis on the end forces
(moments in particular) for many different aspects of beam, column and brace
design. If the member is manually meshed (broken) into segments, maintaining
the integrity of the design algorithm becomes difficult.
Manually, breaking a column member into several elements can affect many
things during design in the program.
1. The unbraced length: The unbraced length is really the unsupported length
between braces. If there is no i ntermediate brace in the member, the un
braced length is typically calculated automatically by the program from the
top of the flange of the beam framing the column at bottom to the bottom
of the flange of the beam framing the column at the top. The automatically
2  12 Effects of Breaking a Member into Multiple Elements
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
calculated length factor typically becomes less than 1. If there are interme
diate bracing points, the user should overwrite the unbraced length factor in
the program. The user should choose the critical (larger) one. Even if the
user breaks the element, the program typically picks up the unbraced length
correctly, provided that there is no intermediate bracing point.
2. Kfactor: Even if the user breaks the member into pieces, the program typi
cally can pick up the factors K correctly. However, sometimes it can not.
The user should note the factors K . All segments of the member should
have the same factor K and it should be calculated based on the entire
member. If the calculated factor K is not reasonable, the user can over
write the factors K for all the segments.
3.
m
C factor: The
m
C factor should be based on the end moments of
unbraced lengths of each segment and should not be based on t he end
moments of the member. The program already calculates the
m
C factors
based on the end moments of unbraced lengths of each segment. If the
breakup points are the brace points, no action is required by the user. If
the broken segments do not represent the bracetobrace unsupported
length, the program calculated
m
C factor is conservative. If this
conservative value is acceptable, no action is required by the user. If it is
not acceptable, the user can calculate the
m
C factor manually for the
critical combination and overwrite its value for that segment.
4.
b
C factor: The logic is similar to that for the
m
C factor.
5.
1
B factor: This factor amplifies the factored moments for the P effect. In
its expression, there are the
m
C factor and the Euler Buckling capacity
e
P .
If the user keeps the unbraced length ratios (
33
l and
22
l ) and the
factors K ( ) and
33 22
K K correct, the
1
B factor would be correct. If the
axial force is small, the
1
B factor can be 1 and have no effect with respect
to modeling the single segment or multisegment element.
6.
2
B factor: The program does not calculate the
2
B factor. The program
assumes that the user turns on the P. In such cases,
2
B can be taken as
equal to 1. That means the modeling with one or multiple segments has no
effect on this factor.
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If the user models a column with a single element and makes sure that the L
factors and K factors are correct, the effect of
1
B and
2
B will be picked up
correctly. The factors
m
C and
b
C will be picked up correctly if there is no in
termediate bracing point. The calculated
m
C and
b
C factors will be slightly
conservative if there are intermediate bracing points.
If the user models a column with multiple elements and makes sure that L
factors and factors K are correct, the effect of
1
B and
2
B will be picked up
correctly. The factors
m
C and
b
C will be picked up correctly if the member is
broken at the bracing points. The calculated
m
C and
b
C factors will be con
servative if the member is not broken at the bracing points.
2.10 Effective Length Factor (K)
The effective length method for calculating member axial compressive strength
has been used in various forms in several stability based design codes. The
method originates from calculating effective buckling lengths, KL, and is based
on elastic/inelastic stability theory. The effective buckling length is used to
calculate an axial compressive strength, P
n
, through an empirical column curve
that accounts for geometric imperfections, distributed yielding, and residual
stresses present in the crosssection.
There are two types of factors K in the ANSI/AISC 36010 code. The first
type of factor K is used for calculating the Euler axial capacity assuming that
all of the beamcolumn joints are held in place, i.e., no lateral translation is al
lowed. The resulting axial capacity is used in calculation of the
1
B factor. This
K factor is named as
1
K in the code. This
1
K factor is always less than 1 and
is not calculated. By default the program uses the value of 1 for
1
K . The pro
gram allows the user to overwrite
1
K on a memberbymember basis.
The other factor K is used for calculating the Euler axial capacity assuming
that all the beamcolumn joints are free to sway, i.e., lateral translation is al
lowed. The resulting axial capacity is used in calculating
n
P . This factor K is
named as
2
K in the code. This
2
K is always greater than 1 if the frame is a
sway frame. The program calculates the
2
K factor automatically based on
sway condition. The program also allows the user to overwrite
2
K factors on a
2  14 Effective Length Factor (K)
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
memberbymember basis. The same
2
K factor is supposed to be used in cal
culation of the
2
B factor. However the program does not calculate
2
B factors
and relies on the overwritten values. If the frame is not really a sway frame, the
user should overwrite the
2
K factors.
Both
1
K and
2
K have two values: one for major direction and the other for
minor direction,
1minor
K ,
1major
K ,
2minor
K ,
2major
K .
There is another factor K .
ltb
K for lateral torsional buckling. By default,
ltb
K
is taken as equal to
2minor
K . However the user can overwrite this on a member
bymember basis.
The rest of this section is dedicated to the determination of
2
K factors.
The factor K algorithm has been developed for buildingtype structures,
where the columns are vertical and the beams are horizontal, and the behavior
is basically that of a momentresisting frame for which the factor K calcula
tion is relatively complex. For the purpose of calculating factors K , the ob
jects are identified as columns, beam and braces. All frame objects parallel to
the Z axis are classified as columns. All objects parallel to the X  Y plane are
classified as beams. The remainders are considered to be braces.
The beams and braces are assigned factors K of unity. In the calculation of the
factors K for a column object, the program first makes the following four
stiffness summations for each joint in the structural model:
 
=

\ .
c c
cx
c x
E I
S
L
b b
bx
b x
E I
S
L
 
=

\ .
c c
cy
c y
E I
S
L
 
=

\ .
b b
by
b y
E I
S
L
 
=

\ .
where the x and y subscripts correspond to the global X and Y directions and
the c and b subscripts refer to column and beam. The local 22 and 33 terms
22 22
EI L and
33 33
EI L are rotated to give components along the global X and
Y directions to form the ( )
x
EI L and ( )
y
EI L values. Then for each column,
the joint summations at ENDI and the ENDJ of the member are transformed
back to the column local 123 coordinate system, and the G values for ENDI
Effective Length Factor (K) 2  15
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
and the ENDJ of the member are calculated about the 22 and 33 directions as
follows:
22
22
22
b
I
c
I
I
S
S
G =
22
22
22
b
J
c
J
J
S
S
G =
33
33
33
b
I
c
I
I
S
S
G =
33
33
33
b
J
c
J
J
S
S
G =
If a rotational release exists at a particular end (and direction) of an object, the
corresponding value of G is set to 10.0. If all degrees of freedom for a particu
lar joint are deleted, the G values for all members connecting to that joint will
be set to 1.0 for the end of the member connecting to that joint. Finally, if
I
G
and
J
G are known for a particular direction, the column factors K for the cor
responding direction is calculated by solving the following relationship for :
tan ) ( 6
36
2
=
+
J I
J I
G G
G G
from which K = /. This relationship is the mathematical formulation for the
evaluation of factors K for momentresisting frames assuming sidesway to be
uninhibited. For other structures, such as b raced frame structures, the
factors K for all members are usually unity and should be set so by the user.
The following are some important aspects associated with the column
factor K algorithm:
An object that has a pin at the joint under consideration will not enter the
stiffness summations calculated above. An object that has a pin at the far
end from the joint under consideration will contribute only 50% of the cal
culated EI value. Also, beam members that have no column member at the
far end from the joint under consideration, such as cantilevers, will not en
ter the stiffness summation.
If there are no beams framing into a particular direction of a column mem
ber, the associated Gvalue will be infinity. If the Gvalue at any one end
of a column for a particular direction is infinity, the K factor correspond
ing to that direction is set equal to unity.
If rotational releases exist at both ends of an object for a particular direc
tion, the corresponding factor K is set to unity.
2  16 Effective Length Factor (K)
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
The automated factor K calculation procedure can occasionally generate
artificially high factors K , specifically under circumstances involving
skewed beams, fixed support conditions, and under other conditions where
the program may have difficulty recognizing that the members are laterally
supported and factors K of unity are to be used.
All factors K produced by the program can be overwritten by the user.
These values should be reviewed and any unacceptable values should be
replaced.
The beams and braces are assigned factors K of unity.
When a steel frame design is performed in accordance with ANSI/AISC 360
10 provision and the analysis method is chosen to be any of the four direct
analysis methods, the
2
K factors are automatically taken as 1 (AISC C.3). The
calculated
2
K factors and their overwritten values are not considered in de
sign.
2.11 Supported Framing Types
The code (ANSI/AISC 34110) recognizes the following types of framing
systems.
Framing Type References
OMF (Ordinary Moment Frame) AISC SEISMIC E1
IMF (Intermediate Moment Frame) AISC SEISMIC E2
SMF (Special Moment Frame) AISC SEISMIC E3
STMF (Special Truss Moment Frame) AISC SEISMIC E4
OCBF (Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frame) AISC SEISMIC F1
SCBF (Special Concentrically Braced Frame) AISC SEISMIC F2
EBF (Eccentrically Braced Frame) AISC SEISMIC F3
BRBF (Buckling Restrained Braced Frame) AISC SEISMIC F4
SPSW (Special Plate Shear Wall) AISC SEISMIC F5
Supported Framing Types 2  17
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With regard to these framing types, the program has implemented specifica
tions for all types of framing systems, except STMF, BRBF, and SPSW. Im
plementing those three types of framing require further information about
modeling.
The program recognizes the OCBF framing in its two separate incarnations:
OCBF for regular Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frames (AISC SEISMIC
F1.1) and OCBFI for (base) Isolated Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frames
(AISC SEISMIC F1.7).
See Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions (ANSI/AISC 34110) for additional
requirements.
2.12 Continuity Plates
In a plan view of a beam/column connection, a steel beam can frame into a
column in the following ways:
The steel beam frames in a direction parallel to the column major direction,
i.e., the beam frames into the column flange.
The steel beam frames in a direction parallel to the column minor direc
tion, i.e., the beam frames into the column web.
The steel beam frames in a direction that is at an angle to both of the prin
cipal axes.
To achieve a beam/column moment connection, continuity plates, such as
shown in Figure 23, are usually placed on the column, in line with the top and
bottom flanges of the beam, to transfer the compression and tension flange
forces of the beam into the column.
For connection conditions described in the last two bullet items, the thickness
of such plates is usually set equal to the flange thickness of the corresponding
beam.
2  18 Continuity Plates
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
Figure 23 Doubler Plates and Continuity Plates
Continuity Plates 2  19
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
However, for the connection condition described by the first bullet item, where
the beam frames into the flange of the column, such continuity plates are not
always needed. The requirement depends upon t he magnitude of the beam
flange force and the properties of the column.
The program investigates whether the continuity plates are needed based on the
requirements of the selected code. Columns of Isections supporting beams of
Isections only are investigated. The program evaluates the continuity plate re
quirements for each of the beams that frame into the column flange and reports
the maximum continuity plate area that is needed for each beam flange. The
continuity plate requirements are evaluated for moment frames only.
2.13 Doubler Plates
One aspect of the design of a steel framing system is an evaluation of the shear
forces that exist in the region of the beam column intersection known as the
panel zone. Shear stresses seldom control the design of a beam or column
member. However, in a moment resisting frame, the shear stress in the beam
column joint can be critical, especially in framing systems when the column is
subjected to major direction bending and the web of the column resists the joint
shear forces. In minor direction bending, the joint shear is carried by the col
umn flanges, in which case the shear stresses are seldom critical, and the pro
gram does therefore not investigate this condition.
Shear stresses in the panel zone, due to major direction bending in the column,
may require additional plates to be welded onto the column web, depending
upon the loading and the geometry of the steel beams that frame into the col
umn, either along the column major direction, or at an angle so that the beams
have components along the column major direction. See Figure 33. When
code appropriate, the program investigates such situations and reports the
thickness of any required doubler plates. Only columns with Ishapes and only
supporting beams with Ishapes are investigated for doubler plate requirements.
Also, doubler plate requirements are evaluated for moment frames only.
2  20 Doubler Plates
Chapter 2 Design Algorithms
2.14 Choice of Units
English as well as SI and MKS metric units can be used for input. The codes
are based on a specific system of units. All equations and descriptions present
ed in the subsequent chapters correspond to that specific system of units unless
otherwise noted. However, any system of units can be used to define and de
sign a structure in the program.
The Display Unit preferences allow the user to specify the units.
Choice of Units 2  21
Chapter 3
Design Using ANSI/AISC 36010
This chapter provides a detailed description of the algorithms used by the pro
grams in the design/check of structures in accordance with ANSI/AISC 360
10 Specifications for Structural Steel Building (AISC 2010a, b). The menu
option also covers the ANSI/AISC 34110 Seismic Provisions for Struc
tural Steel Building (AISC 2010c), which is described in the next chapter. The
implementation covers load combinations from ASCE/SEI 710, which is
described in the section Design Loading Combinations in this chapter. The
loading based on ASCE/SEI 710 has been described in a separate document
entitled CSI Lateral Load Manual (CSI 2012). References also are made to
IBC 2012 in this document.
For referring to pertinent sections of the corresponding code, a unique prefix is
assigned for each code.
Reference to the ANSI/AISC 36010 code is identified with the prefix
AISC.
Reference to the ANSI/AISC 34110 code is identified with the prefix
AISC SEISMIC or sometimes SEISMIC only.
Reference to the ASCE/SEI 710 code is identified with the prefix
ASCE.
Reference to the IBC 2012 code is identified with the prefix IBC.
3  1
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
3.1 Notations
The various notations used in this chapter are described herein.
A Crosssectional area, in
2
A
e
Effective crosssectional area for slender sections, in
2
A
g
Gross crosssectional area, in
2
A
v2
,A
v3
Major and minor shear areas, in
2
A
w
Shear area, equal dt
w
per web, in
2
B
1
Moment magnification factor for moments not causing sidesway
B
2
Moment magnification factor for moments causing sidesway
C
b
Bending coefficient
C
m
Moment coefficient
C
w
Warping constant, in
6
D Outside diameter of pipes, in
E Modulus of elasticity, ksi
F
cr
Critical compressive stress, ksi
F
r
Compressive residual stress in flange assumed 10.0 for rolled
sections and 16.5 for welded sections, ksi
F
y
Yield stress of material, ksi
G Shear modulus, ksi
I
22
Minor moment of inertia, in
4
I
33
Major moment of inertia, in
4
J Torsional constant for the section, in
4
3  2 Notations
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
K Effective length factor
K
1
Effective length factor for braced condition
K
2
Effective length factor for unbraced condition
K
33
,K
22
Effective length Kfactors in the major and minor directions for
appropriate braced (K
1
) and unbraced (K
2
) condition
L
b
Laterally unbraced length of member, in
L
p
Limiting laterally unbraced length for full plastic capacity, in
L
r
Limiting laterally unbraced length for inelastic lateraltorsional
buckling, in
M
cr
Elastic buckling moment, kipin
M
lt
Factored moments causing sidesway, kipin
M
nt
Factored moments not causing sidesway, kipin
M
n33
,M
n22
Nominal bending strength in major and minor directions, kipin
M
ob
Elastic lateraltorsional buckling moment for angle sections, kip
in
M
r33
, M
r22
Major and minor limiting buckling moments, kipin
M
u
Factored moment in member, kipin
M
u33
, M
u22
Factored major and minor moments in member, kipin
P
e
Euler buckling load, kips
P
n
Nominal axial load strength, kip
P
u
Factored axial force in member, kips
P
y
A
g
F
y
, kips
Q Reduction factor for slender section, = Q
a
Q
s
Q
a
Reduction factor for stiffened slender elements
Notations 3  3
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
Q
s
Reduction factor for unstiffened slender elements
S Section modulus, in
3
S
33
,S
22
Major and minor section moduli, in
3
S
eff,33
,S
eff,22
Effective major and minor section moduli for slender sections,
in
3
S
c
Section modulus for compression in an angle section, in
3
V
n2
,V
n3
Nominal major and minor shear strengths, kips
V
u2
,V
v3
Factored major and minor shear loads, kips
Z Plastic modulus, in
3
Z
33
,Z
22
Major and minor plastic moduli, in
3
b Nominal dimension of plate in a section, in
longer leg of angle sections, b
f
2t
w
for welded and b
f
3t
w
for
rolled box sections, and the like
b
e
Effective width of flange, in
b
f
Flange width, in
d Overall depth of member, in
d
e
Effective depth of web, in
h
c
Clear distance between flanges less fillets, in
assumed d 2k for rolled sections, and d 2t
f
for welded sections
k Distance from outer face of flange to web toe of fillet, in
k
c
Parameter used for section classification
k
c
= 4
w
h t , 0.35
c
k 0.763
l
33
,l
22
Major and minor directions unbraced member lengths, in
r Radius of gyration, in
3  4 Notations
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
r
33
,r
22
Radii of gyration in the major and minor directions, in
t Thickness, in
t
f
Flange thickness, in
t
w
Thickness of web, in
w
Special section property for angles, in
Slenderness parameter
c
,
e
Column slenderness parameters
p
Limiting slenderness parameter for compact element
r
Limiting slenderness parameter for noncompact element
s
Limiting slenderness parameter for seismic element
slender
Limiting slenderness parameter for slender element
b
Resistance factor for bending
c
Resistance factor for compression
t
Resistance factor for tension yielding
T
Resistance factor for torsion
v
Resistance factor for shear
b
Safety factor for bending
c
Safety factor for compression
t
Safety factor for tension
T
Safety factor for torsion
v
Safety factor for shear
Notations 3  5
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3.2 Design Loading Combinations
The structure is to be designed so that its design strength equals or exceeds the
effects of factored loads stipulated by the applicable design code. The default
design combinations are the various combinations of the already defined load
cases, such as dead load (DL), live load (LL), roof live load (RL), snow load
(SL), wind load (WL), and horizontal earthquake load (EL).
AISC 36010 refers to the applicable building code for the loads and load com
binations to be considered in the design, and to ASCE 710 in the absence of
such a building code. Hence, the default design combinations used in the cur
rent version are the ones stipulated in ASCE 710:
For design in accordance with LRFD provisions:
1.4 DL (ASCE 2.3.21)
1.2 DL + 1.6 LL + 0.5RL (ASCE 2.3.22)
1.2 DL + 1.0 LL + 1.6RL (ASCE 2.3.23)
1.2 DL + 1.6 LL + 0.5 SL (ASCE 2.3.22)
1.2 DL + 1.0 LL + 1.6 SL (ASCE 2.3.23)
0.9 DL 1.0WL (ASCE 2.3.26)
1.2 DL + 1.6 RL 0.5WL (ASCE 2.3.23)
1.2 DL + 1.0LL+ 0.5RL 1.0WL (ASCE 2.3.24)
1.2 DL + 1.6 SL 0.5 WL (ASCE 2.3.23)
1.2 DL + 1.0LL+ 0.5SL 1.0 WL (ASCE 2.3.24)
0.9 DL 1.0 EL (ASCE 2.3.27)
1.2 DL + 1.0 LL+ 0.2SL 1.0EL (ASCE 2.3.25)
For design in accordance with ASD provisions:
1.0 DL (ASCE 2.4.11)
1.0 DL + 1.0 LL (ASCE 2.4.12)
1.0 DL + 1.0 RL (ASCE 2.4.13)
1.0 DL + 0.75 LL + 0.75 RL (ASCE 2.3.24)
1.0 DL + 1.0 SL (ASCE 2.4.13)
1.0 DL + 0.75 LL + 0.75 SL (ASCE 2.3.24)
3  6 Design Loading Combinations
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
1.0 DL 0.6 WL (ASCE 2.4.15)
1.0 DL + 0.75 LL+ 0.75 RL 0.75 (0.6WL) (ASCE 2.4.16a)
1.0 DL + 0.75 LL+ 0.75 SL 0.75 (0.6WL) (ASCE 2.4.16a)
0.6 DL 0.6 WL (ASCE 2.4.17)
1.0 DL 0.7 EL (ASCE 2.4.15)
1.0 DL + 0.75 LL+ 0.75 SL 0.75(0.7 EL) (ASCE 2.4.16b)
0.6 DL 0.7 EL (ASCE 2.4.18)
Most of the analysis methods recognized by the code are required to consider
Notional Load in the design loading combinations for steel frame design. The
program allows the user to define and create notional loads as individual load
cases from a specified percentage of a given gravity load acting in a particular
lateral direction. These notional load patterns should be considered in the com
binations with appropriate factors, appropriate directions, and appropriate
senses. Currently, the program automatically includes the notional loads in the
default design load combinations for gravity combinations only. The user is
free to modify the default design preferences to include the notional loads for
combinations involving lateral loads. For further information, refer to the No
tional Load Patterns section in Chapter 2.
The program automatically considers seismic load effects, including
overstrength factors (ASCE 12.4.3), as special load combinations that are cre
ated automatically from each load combination, involving seismic loads. In
that case, the horizontal component of the force is represented by E
hm
and the
vertical component of the force is represented by E
v
, where
E
hm
=
0
Q
E
(ASCE 12.4.3.1)
E
v
= 0.2S
DS
D (ASCE 12.4.2.2)
where,
o
is the overstrength factor and it is taken from ASCE 710 Table
12.21. The factor S
DS
is described later in this section. Effectively, the special
seismic combinations that are considered for the LRFD provision are
(1.2 + 0.2S
DS
)DL
0
Q
E
(ASCE 2.3.25, 12.4.3.2)
(1.2 + 0.2S
DS
)DL
0
Q
E
+ 1.0LL (ASCE 2.3.25, 12.4.3.2)
(0.9 0.2S
DS
)DL
0
Q
E
(ASCE 2.3.27, 12.4.3.2)
and for the ASD provision the combinations are
Design Loading Combinations 3  7
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
(1.0 + 0.14S
DS
)DL 0.7
0
Q
E
(ASCE 2.4.15, 12.4.3.2)
(1.0 + 0.105S
DS
)DL 0.75(0.7
0
)Q
E
+ 0.75LL (ASCE 2.4.16b,12.4.3.2)
(0.6 0.14S
DS
)DL 0.7
0
Q
E
(ASCE 2.4.18,12.4.3.2)
The program assumes that the defined earthquake load is really the strength
level earthquake, which is equivalent to Q
E
as defined in Section 12.4.2.1 of
the ASCE 710 code. For regular earthquake, load is considered to have two
components: horizontal, E
h
and vertical E
v
, which are taken as
E
h
=Q
E
(ASCE 12.4.2.1)
E
v
= 0.2S
DS
D (ASCE 12.4.2.2)
where, is the redundancy factor as defined in Section 12.3.4 of ASCE 710,
and the S
DS
is the design earthquake spectral response acceleration parameters
at short periods, as defined in Section 11.4.4 of ASCE 710 code.
Effectively, the seismic load combination for the LRFD provision becomes:
(1.2 + 0.2S
DS
)DL Q
E
(ASCE 2.3.25, 12.4.2.3)
(1.2 + 0.2S
DS
)DL Q
E
+ 1.0LL (ASCE 2.3.25, 12.4.2.3)
(0.9 0.2S
DS
)DL Q
E
(ASCE 2.3.27, 12.4.2.3)
The seismic load combinations for the ASD provision become:
(1.0 + 0.14S
DS
)DL 0.7Q
E
(ASCE 2.4.15, 12.4.2.3)
(1.0 + 0.105S
DS
)DL 0.75(0.7)Q
E
+ 0.75LL (ASCE 2.4.16b, 12.4.2.3)
(0.6 0.14S
DS
)DL 0.7Q
E
(ASCE 2.4.18, 12.4.2.3)
The program assumes that the seismic loads defined as the strength level load
is the program load case. Otherwise, the factors ,
o
, and S
DS
will not be able
to scale the load to the desired level.
The combinations described herein are the default loading combinations only.
They can be deleted or edited as required by the design code or engineerof
record.
3  8 Design Loading Combinations
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
The program allows live load reduction factors to be applied to the member
forces of the reducible live load case on a memberbymember basis to reduce
the contribution of the live load to the factored responses.
3.3 Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
The nominal strengths for flexure are dependent on the classification of the
section as Seismically Compact, Compact, Noncompact, Slender, or Too
Slender. Compact or Seismically Compact sections are capable of developing
the full plastic strength before local buckling occurs. Noncompact sections can
develop partial yielding in compression, and buckle inelastically before reach
ing to a fully plastic stress distribution. Slender sections buckle elastically
before any of the elements yield under compression. Seismically Compact
sections are capable of developing the full plastic strength before local
buckling occurs when the section goes through low cycle fatigue and
withstands reversal of load under seismic conditions.
Sections are classified as Compact, Noncompact, or Slender sections in
accordance with Section B4 of the code (AISC B4). For a section to qualify as
Compact, its flanges must be continuously connected to the web or webs and
the widththickness ratios of its compression elements must not exceed the
limiting widththickness ratios
p
from Table B4.1b of the code. If the width
thickness ratio of one or more compression elements exceeds
p
, but does not
exceed
r
from Table B4.1, the section is Noncompact. If the widththickness
ratio of any element exceeds
r
but does not exceed
s
, the section is Slender.
If the widththickness ratio of any element exceed
s
, the section is considered
Too Slender. The expressions of
p
,
r
, and
s
, as implemented in the program,
are reported in Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1b, B4, F8, F13.2). In that table all
expressions of
p
and
r
are taken from AISC section B4 and AISC Table
B4.1. The limit demarcating Slender and Too Slender has been identified as
s
in this document. The expressions of
s
for IShape, Double Channel, Channel
and TShape sections are taken from AISC section F13.2. The expression of
s
for Pipe Sections is taken from AISC section F8. The expression of
p
for
Angle and Double Angle sections is taken from AISC Seismic code
ANSI/AISC 34110 Table D1.1.
Classification of Sections for Local Buckling 3  9
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
For compression, sections are classified as n onslender element or slender
element sections as r eported in Table 32 (AISC B4.1, Table B4.1a). For a
nonslender element section, the widthtothickness ratios of its compression
elements shall not exceed
r
from Table 32. If the widthtothickness ratio of
any compression element exceeds
r
, the section is a slender element section.
The table uses the variables k
c
, F
L
, h, h
p
, h
c
, b
f
, t
f
, t
w
, b, t, D, d, and so on. The
variables b, d, D and t are explained in the respective figures inside the table.
The variables b
f
, t
f
, h, h
p
, h
c
, and t
w
are explained in Figure 31. For Doubly
Symmetric IShapes, h, h
p
, and h
c
are all equal to each other.
For unstiffened elements supported along only one edge parallel to the direc
tion of compression force, the width shall be taken as follows:
(a) For flanges of Ishaped members and tees, the width b is onehalf the full
flange width, b
f
.
(b) For legs of angles and flanges of channels and zees, the width b is the full
nominal dimension.
(c) For plates, the width b is the distance from the free edge to the first row of
fasteners or line of welds.
(d) For stems of tees, d is taken as the full nominal depth of the section.
Refer to Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1) for the graphic representation of unstiff
ened element dimensions.
For stiffness elements supported along two edges parallel to the direction of the
compression force, the width shall be taken as follows:
(a) For webs of rolled or formed sections, h is the clear distance between
flanges less the fillet or corner radius at each flange; h
c
is twice the dis
tance from the centroid to the inside face of the compression flange less the
fillet or corner radius.
3  10 Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
Figure 31 AISC36010 Definition of Geometric Properties
Classification of Sections for Local Buckling 3  11
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(b) For webs of builtup sections, h is the distance between adjacent lines of
fasteners or the clear distance between flanges when welds are used, and h
c
is twice the distance from the centorid to the nearest line of fasteners at the
compression flange or the inside face of the compression flange when
welds are used; h
p
is twice the distance from the plastic neutral axis to the
nearest line of fasteners at the compression flange or the inside face of the
compression flange when welds are used.
(c) For flange or diaphragm plates in builtup sections, the width b is the dis
tance between adjacent lines of fasteners or lines of welds.
Table 31 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for Classifica
tion Sections Members Subjected to Fl exure With or Without Axial Force
Section
Type
Description
of Element Example
AISC
Case
No.
Width
Thickness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios for Compression Ele
ment
Compact
( ) p
NonCompact
( )
r
Slender
( )
s
D
o
u
b
l
y
S
y
m
m
e
t
r
i
c
I

S
h
a
p
e
Flexural
compression
of flanges of
rolled
IShapes
10
2
f f
b t 0.38
y
E F 1.0
y
E F No Limit
Flexural
compression
in flanges of
builtup
IShapes
11
2
f f
b t 0.38
y
E F 0.95
c L
k E F No Limit
Flexure in web
15
w
h t 3.76
y
E F 5.70
y
E F
{ }
min 0.40 , 260
y
E F
(beams)
No limit for columns
and braces
3  12 Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
Table 31 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for Classifica
tion Sections Members Subjected to Fl exure With or Without Axial Force
Section
Type
Description
of Element Example
AISC
Case
No.
Width
Thickness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios for Compression Ele
ment
Compact
( ) p
NonCompact
( )
r
Slender
( )
s
S
i
n
g
l
y
S
y
m
m
e
t
r
i
c
I

S
h
a
p
e
s
Flexural
Compression
of flanges of
rolled
IShapes
10
2
f f
b t 0.38
y
E F 1.0
y
E F No Limit
Flexural
Compression
in flanges of
builtup
IShapes
11
2
f f
b t 0.38
y
E F 0.95
c L
k E F No Limit
Flexure in
Web
16
c w
h t
2
0.54 0.09
c
p
p
y
r
h E
h F
M
M
 


\ .
5.70
y
E F No Limit
Flexure in
Web
w
h t NA NA
{ }
min 0.40 , 260
y
E F
(beams)
No limit for columns
and braces
C
h
a
n
n
e
l
Flexural
compression
in flanges
10
f f
b t 0.38
y
E F 1.0
y
E F No Limit
Flexure in web
15
w
h t 3.76
y
E F 5.70
y
E F
{ }
min 0.40 , 260
y
E F
(beams)
No limit for columns
and braces
D
o
u
b
l
e
C
h
a
n
n
e
l
Flexural
compression
in flanges
10
f f
b t 0.38
y
E F 1.0
y
E F No Limit
Flexure in web
15
w
h t 3.76
y
E F 5.70
y
E F
{ }
min 0.40 , 260
y
E F
(beams)
No limit for columns
and braces
Classification of Sections for Local Buckling 3  13
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
Table 31 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for Classifica
tion Sections Members Subjected to Fl exure With or Without Axial Force
Section
Type
Description
of Element Example
AISC
Case
No.
Width
Thickness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios for Compression Ele
ment
Compact
( ) p
NonCompact
( )
r
Slender
( )
s
B
o
x
Flexural or
axial
compression
of flanges
under major
axis bending
17 b t
1.12
y
E F 1.40
y
E F No Limit
Flexure in web
19 h t
2.42
y
E F 5.70
y
E F No Limit
T

S
h
a
p
e
Flexural or
axial
compression
in flanges
10 2
f f
b t 0.38
y
E F 1.0
y
E F No Limit
Compression
in stems
14
w
d t 0.84
y
E F 1.03
y
E F No Limit
D
o
u
b
l
e
A
n
g
l
e
Any type of
compression
in leg
12 b t
0.54
y
E F 0.91
y
E F No Limit
Any type of
compression
in leg
12 b t
0.54
y
E F 0.91
y
E F No Limit
A
n
g
l
e
Flexural
compression
in any leg
12 b t
0.54
y
E F 0.91
y
E F No Limit
P
i
p
e
Flexural
compression
20 D t
0.07
y
E F 0.31
y
E F 0.45
y
E F
Round
Bar
Assumed Noncompact
Rectan
gular
Assumed Noncompact
General Assumed Noncompact
SD
Section
Assumed Noncompact
3  14 Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
(d) For flanges of rectangular hollow structural sections (HSS), the width b is
the clear distance between webs less the inside corner radius on each side.
For webs of rectangular HSS, h is the clear distance between the flanges
less the inside corner radius on each side. If the corner radius is not known,
b and h shall be taken as the corresponding outside dimension minus three
times the thickness. The thickness, t, shall be taken as the design wall
thickness, in accordance with AISC Section B3.12.
Refer to Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1) for the graphic representation of stiff
ened element dimensions.
Table 32 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for
Classification Sections Subjected to Axi al Compression
Section
Type
Description of
Element Example
AISC Case
No.
WidthThickness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios
for Compression Element
NonCompact
( )
r
D
o
u
b
l
y
S
y
m
m
e
t
r
i
c
I

S
h
a
p
e
Axial only compres
sion in flanges of
rolled
IShapes
1
2
f f
b t 0.56
y
E F
Axial only compres
sion in flanges of
builtup
IShapes
2
2
f f
b t 0.64
c L
k E F
Web in axial only
compression
5
w
h t 1.49
y
E F
S
i
n
g
l
y
S
y
m
m
e
t
r
i
c
I

S
h
a
p
e
s
Axial only compres
sion in flanges of
rolled
IShapes
1
2
f f
b t . 0 56
y
E F
Axial only compres
sion in flanges of
builtup
IShapes
2
2
f f
b t 0.64
c L
k E F
Classification of Sections for Local Buckling 3  15
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
Table 32 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for
Classification Sections Subjected to Axi al Compression
Section
Type
Description of
Element Example
AISC Case
No.
WidthThickness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios
for Compression Element
NonCompact
( )
r
C
h
a
n
n
e
l
Axial only compres
sion in flanges
1
f f
b t 0.56
y
E F
Web in axial only
compression
5
w
h t 1.49
y
E F
D
o
u
b
l
e
C
h
a
n
n
e
l
Axial only compres
sion in flanges
1
f f
b t 0.56
y
E F
Web in axial only
compression
5
w
h t 1.49
y
E F
B
o
x
Axial
compression
6 b t
1.40
y
E F
T

S
h
a
p
e
Axial
compression in
flanges
2
2
f f
b t 0.56
y
E F
Compression in
stems
4
w
d t 0.75
y
E F
D
o
u
b
l
e
A
n
g
l
e
Any type of compres
sion in leg
3 b t
0.45
y
E F
Any type of compres
sion in leg
3 b t
0.45
y
E F
3  16 Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
Table 32 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for
Classification Sections Subjected to Axi al Compression
Section
Type
Description of
Element Example
AISC Case
No.
WidthThickness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios
for Compression Element
NonCompact
( )
r
A
n
g
l
e
Axial only compres
sion in any leg
3 b t
0.45
y
E F
P
i
p
e
Axial only compres
sion
9 D t
0.11
y
E F
Round Bar Assumed Noncompact
Rectan
gular
Assumed Noncompact
General Assumed Noncompact
SD
Section
Assumed Noncompact
The design wall thickness, t, for hollow structural sections, such as Box and
Pipe sections, is modified for the welding process (AISC B4.2). If the welding
process is ERW (ElectricResistance Welding), the thickness is reduced by a
factor of 0.93. However, if the welding process is SAW (Submerged Arc
Welded), the thickness is not reduced. The Overwrites can be used to choose if
the thickness of HSS sections should be reduced for ERW on a memberby
member basis. The Overwrites can also be used to change the reduction factor.
The variable k
c
can be expressed as follows:
4
,
c
w
k
h t
= (AISC Table B4.1b Note a)
0.35 k
c
0.76. (AISC Table B4.1b Note a)
For Doubly Symmetric IShapes, Channels, and Double Channels, F
L
can be
expressed as follows:
F
L
= 0.7F
y
, (AISC Table B4.1b Note b)
and for Singly Symmetric IShape sections, F
L
can be expressed as follows:
Classification of Sections for Local Buckling 3  17
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
,
xt
L y
xc
S
F F
S
= where (AISC Table B4.1b Note b, F46)
0.5F
y
F
L
0.7F
y
. (AISC Table B4.1b Note b, F46)
Seismically Compact sections are compact sections that satisfy a more strin
gent widththickness ratio limit,
md
and
hd
. These limits are presented in Ta
ble 41 in Chapter 4, which is dedicated to the seismic code.
In classifying web slenderness of IShapes, Box, Channel, Double Channel,
and all other sections, it is assumed that there are no intermediate stiffeners.
Double angles and channels are conservatively assumed to be separated.
Stress check of Too Slender sections is beyond the scope of this program.
3.4 Calculation of Factored Forces and Moments
The factored member loads that are calculated for each load combination are
P
r
, M
r33
, M
r22
, V
r2
, V
r3
and T
r
corresponding to factored values of the axial load,
the major and minor moments and shears, and torsion, respectively. These fac
tored loads are calculated at each of the previously defined stations.
The factored forces can be amplified to consider second order effects, depend
ing on the choice of analysis method chosen in the Preferences. If the analysis
method is chosen to be General Second Order Elastic Analysis or any of the
Direct Analysis methods with General Second Order Analysis, it is assumed
that the analysis considers the influence of secondorder effects (P and P
effects); hence the analysis results are used without amplification (AISC C1).
Secondorder effects due to overall sway of the structure can usually be ac
counted for, conservatively, by considering the secondorder effects on the
structure under one set of loads (usually the most severe gravity load case), and
performing all other analyses as linear using the stiffness matrix developed for
this one set of Pdelta loads (see also White and Hajjar 1991). For a more accu
rate analysis, it is always possible to define each loading combination as a non
linear load case that considers only geometric nonlinearities. For both ap
proaches, when P effects are expected to be important, use more than one el
ement per line object (accomplished using the automatic frame subdivide op
tion; refer to the program Help for more information about automatic frame
subdivide).
3  18 Calculation of Factored Forces and Moments
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
If the analysis method is chosen to be Second Order Analysis by Amplified
First Order Analysis or any of the Direct Analysis Methods with Amplified
First Order Analysis (AISC C2.1(2), App.8.2), it is assumed that the analysis
does not consider the influence of second order effects (P and P). Hence
the analysis results are amplified using B
1
and B
2
factors using the following
approximate secondorder analysis for calculating the required flexural and ax
ial strengths in members of lateral load resisting systems. The required second
order flexural strength, M
r
, and axial strength, P
r
are determined as follows:
M
r
=B
1
M
nt
+B
2
M
lt
(AISC A81)
P
r
=P
nt
+ B
2
P
lt
(AISC A81)
where,
1
1
1,
1
m
r
e
C
B
P
P
=
and (AISC A83)
2
story
, story
1
1,
1
e
B
P
P
=
(AISC A86)
where,
1.0 for LRFD,
=
1.6 for ASD,
M
r
= required secondorder flexural strength using LFRD and ASD
load combinations, kipin (Nmm)
M
nt
= firstorder moment using LFRD and ASD load combinations,
assuming there is no lateral translation of the frame, kipin. (N
mm)
M
lt
= firstorder moment using LRFD or ASD load combinations
caused by lateral translation of the frame only, kipin (Nmm)
P
r
= required secondorder axial strength using LRFD or ASD load
combinations, kip (N)
Calculation of Factored Forces and Moments 3  19
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
P
nt
= firstorder axial force using LRFD or ASD load combinations,
assuming there is no lateral translation of the frame, kips (N)
P
story
= total vertical load supported by the story using LRFD or ASD
load combinations, including gravity column loads, kips (N)
P
lt
= firstorder axial force using LRFD or ASD load combinations
caused by lateral translation of the frame only, kips (N)
C
m
= a coefficient assuming no lateral translation of the frame,
whose value is taken as follows:
(i) For beamcolumns not subject to transverse loading be
tween supports in the plane of bending,
( ) 0.6 0.4 ,
m a b
C M M = (AISC A84)
where, M
a
and M
b
, calculated from a firstorder analysis,
are the smaller and larger moments, respectively, at the
ends of that portion of the member unbraced in the plane
of bending under consideration.
a b
M M is positive when
the member is bent in reverse curvature, negative when
bent in single curvature.
(ii) For beamcolumns subjected to transverse loading between
supports, the value of C
m
is conservatively taken as 1.0 for
all cases.
When M
b
is zero, C
m
is taken as 1.0, the program defaults
C
m
to 1.0, if the unbraced length is more than actual mem
ber length. The user can overwrite the value of C
m
for any
member. C
m
can be expressed as follows:
1.00, if length is more than actual length,
1.00, if tension member,
1.00, if both ends unrestrained,
0.6 0.4 , if no transverse loading, and
1.00, if transverse loading is present.
m
a
b
C
M
M
3  20 Calculation of Factored Forces and Moments
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
(AISC A84, App 8.2.1)
P
el
= elastic critical buckling resistance of the member in the plane
of bending, calculated based on t he assumption of zero side
sway, kips (N)
( )
2
1 2
1
e
EI
P
K L
= (AISC A85)
If any of the direct analysis methods are used, the reduced val
ue of EI is used (AISC C3.3).
P
e,story
= elastic critical buckling resistance for the story determined by
sidesway buckling analysis, kips (N)
For moment frames, where sidesway buckling effective length
factors K
2
are determined for the columns, it is the elastic story
sidesway buckling resistance and calculated as
, story
,
e M
H
HL
P R =
(AISC A87)
where,
E = modulus of elasticity of steel = 29,000 k si
(200,000 MPa)
If any of the direct analysis methods are used,
the reduced value of EI is used (AISC App.
8.2.1).
I = moment of inertia in the plane of bending, in.
4
(mm
4
)
L = story height, in. (mm)
K
1
= effective length factor in the plane of bending,
calculated based on the assumption of no lateral
translation. It is taken to be equal to 1.0, conser
vatively. The Overwrites can be used to change
Calculation of Factored Forces and Moments 3  21
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
the value of K
1
for the major and minor direc
tions.
K
2
= effective length factor in the plane of bending,
calculated based on a sidesway buckling analy
sis. The Overwrites can be used to change the
value of K
2
for the major and minor directions.
In the expression of B
1
, the required axial force P
r
is used based on its first or
der value. The magnification factor B
1
must be a positive number. Therefore,
P
r
must be less than P
e1
. If P
r
is found to be greater than or equal to P
e1
a
failure condition is declared.
If the program assumptions are not satisfactory for a particular structural model
or member, the user has the choice to explicitly specify the values of B
1
for any
member.
Currently, the program does not calculate the B
2
factor. The user is required to
overwrite the values of B
2
for the members.
3.5 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
The nominal strengths in compression, tension, bending, and shear are comput
ed for Compact, Noncompact, and Slender members in accordance with the
following sections. The nominal flexural strengths for all shapes of sections
are calculated based on their principal axes of bending. For the Rectangular, I
Shape, Box, Channel, Double Channel, Circular, Pipe, TShape, and Double
Angle sections, the principal axes coincide with their geometric axes. For the
Single Angle sections, the principal axes are determined and all computations
except shear are based on that.
For all sections, the nominal shear strengths are calculated for directions
aligned with the geometric axes, which typically coincide with the principal
axes. Again, the exception is the Single Angle section.
If the user specifies nonzero nominal capacities for one or more of the
members on the Steel Frame Overwrites form, those values will override
the calculated values for those members. The specified capacities should
be based on the principal axes of bending for flexure, and the geometric
axes for shear.
3  22 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
3.5.1 Nominal Tensile Strength
This section applies to the members subject to axial tension.
Although there is no maximum slenderness limit for members designed to re
sist tension forces, the slenderness ratio preferably should not exceed 300
(AISC D1). A warning message to that effect is printed for such slender ele
ments under tension.
The design tensile strength,
t
P
n
, and the allowable tensile strength, ,
n t
P of
tension members is taken as t he lower value obtained according to the limit
states of yielding of gross section under tension and tensile rupture in the net
section.
3.5.1.1 Tensile Yielding in the Gross Section
P
n
=F
y
A
g
(AISC D21)
1
= 0.90 (LRFD) (AISC D2)
t
= 1.67 (ASD) (AISC D2)
3.5.1.2 Tensile Rupture in the Net Section
P
n
=F
u
A
e
(AISC D22)
1
= 0.75 (LRFD) (AISC D2)
t
= 2.00 (ASD) (AISC D2)
The effective net area, A
e
, is assumed to be equal to the gross crosssectional
area, A
g
, by default. For members that are connected with welds or members
with holes, the
e g
A A ratio must be modified using the steel frame design
Overwrites to account for the effective area.
3.5.2 Nominal Compressive Strength
The design compressive strength,
c
P
n
, and the allowable compressive
strength, ,
n c
P of members subject to axial compression are addressed in
this section. The resistance and safety factors used in calculation of design and
allowable compressive strengths are:
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  23
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
c
= 0.90 (LRFD) (AISC E1)
c
= 1.67 (ASD) (AISC E1)
In the determination, the effective length factor K
2
is used as the Kfactor. If
the chosen analysis method in the Preferences is the General Second Order
Elastic Analysis, the First Order Analysis using Amplified First Order Analy
sis, or the Limited First Order Analysis, the calculated K
2
factors are used. If
the user overwrites the K
2
factors, the overwritten values are used. If the cho
sen analysis method is one of any Direct Analysis Methods, the effective
length factor, K, for calculation of P
n
is taken as one (AISC C3). The overwrit
ten value of K
2
will have no effect for the latter case.
The nominal axial compressive strength, P
n
, depends on the slenderness ratio,
, Kl r where
33 33 22 22
33 22
max , .
K l K l Kl
r r r
=
`
)
For all sections except Single Angles, the principal radii of gyration r
22
and r
33
are used. For Single Angles, the minimum (principal) radius of gyration, r
z
, is
used instead of r
22
and r
33
, conservatively, in computing . Kl r K
33
and K
22
are
two values of K
2
for the major and minor axes of bending.
Although there is no maximum slenderness limit for members designed to re
sist compression forces, the slenderness ratio preferably should not exceed 200
(AISC E2). A warning message to that effect is given for such slender elements
under compression.
The members with any slender element and without any slender elements are
handled separately.
The limit states of torsional and flexuraltorsional buckling are ignored for
closed sections (Box and Pipe sections), solid sections, general sections, and
sections created using Section Designer.
3.5.2.1 Members without Slender Elements
The nominal compressive strength of members with compact and noncompact
sections, P
n
, is the minimum value obtained according to the limit states of
flexural buckling, torsional and flexuraltorsional buckling.
3  24 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
3.5.2.1.1 Flexural Buckling
For compression members with compact and noncompact sections, the nominal
compressive strength, P
n
, based on the limit state of flexural buckling, is given
by
P
n
=F
cr
A
g
. (AISC E31)
The flexural buckling stress, F
cr
, is determined as follows:
 
\ .
=
>
0.658 , if 4.71 ,
0.877 , if 4.71 ,
y
e
F
F
y
y
cr
e
y
KL E
F
r F
F
KL E
F
r F
(AISC E32, E33)
where F
e
is the elastic critical buckling stress given by
2
2
.
e
E
F
KL
r
=
 

\ .
(AISC E34)
3.5.2.1.2 Torsional and FlexuralTorsional Buckling
For compression members with compact and noncompact sections, the nominal
compressive strength, P
n
, based on the limit state of torsional and flexural
torsional buckling is given by
P
n
= F
cr
A
g
(AISC E41)
where A
g
is the gross area of the member. The flexural buckling stress, F
c
, is
determined as follows.
3.5.2.1.2.1 Box, Pipe, Circular, Rectangular, General and Section Design
er Sections
The limit states of torsional and flexuraltorsional buckling are ignored for
members with closed sections, such as Box and Pipe sections, solid sections
(Circular and Rectangular), General sections and sections created using the
Section Designer.
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  25
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
3.5.2.1.2.2 Double Angle and TShapes
( )
22 22
2
22
4
1 1 ,
2
cr crz cr crz
cr
cr crz
F F F F H
F
H
F F
(
+  
(
=

(
\ . +
(AISC E42)
where,
22
22
22
22
22
(0.658 ) , if 4.71 ,
0.877 , if 4.71 ,
y
e
F
F
y
y
cr
e
y
KL E
F
r F
F
KL E
F
r F
>
=
 

\ .
and (AISC E34)
2
0
.
crz
g
GJ
F
A r
= (AISC E43)
3.5.2.1.2.3 IShape, Double Channel, Channel, Single Angle Sections
For IShape, Double Channel, Channel, and Single Angle sections, F
c
is calcu
lated using the torsional or flexuraltorsional elastic buckling stress, F
e
, as fol
lows:
 
\ .
=
>
0.658 , if 4.71 ,
0.877 , if 4.71 .
y
e
F
F
y
y
cr
e
y
KL E
F
r F
F
KL E
F
r F
(AISC E32, E33, E4b)
where F
e
is calculated from the following equations:
3.5.2.1.2.3.1 IShapes and Double Channel Sections
( )
2
2
22 33
1
w
e
z z
EC
F GJ
I I
K L
(
 
(
= +

+ (
\ .
(AISC E44)
3  26 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
3.5.2.1.2.3.2 Channel Sections
( )
33 33
2
33
4
1 1
2
e ez e ez
e
e ez
F F F F H
F
H
F F
(
+  
(
=

(
\ . +
(AISC E45)
3.5.2.1.2.3.3 Single Angle Sections with Equal Legs
( )
33 33
2
33
4
1 1
2
e ez e ez
e
e ez
F F F F H
F
H
F F
(
+  
(
=

(
+ \ .
(AISC E45)
3.5.2.1.2.3.4 Single Angle Sections with Unequal Legs
F
e
is the lowest root of the cubic equation.
( )( )( ) ( ) ( )
2
2 2
33 22 22 33
0 0
0
o o
e e e e e ez e e e e e e
x y
F F F F F F F F F F F F
r r
   
=
 
\ . \ .
(AISC E46)
In the preceding equations,
C
w
is the warping constant, in
6
(mm
6
)
x
0
, y
0
are the coordinates of the shear center with respect to the cen
troid, x
0
= 0 for Double Angle and TShaped members (yaxis
symmetry)
0
r =
2 2 22 33
o o
g
I I
x y
A
+
+ + = polar radius of gyration about the shear
center (AISC E411)
H =
2 2
2
1
o o
x y
r
  +

\ .
(AISC E410)
33 e
F =
( )
2
2
33 33 33
E
K L r
(AISC E47)
22 e
F =
( )
2
2
22 22 22
E
K L r
(AISC E48)
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  27
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
ez
F =
( )
2
2 2
0
1
w
z z
EC
GJ
Ar
K L
(
(
+
(
(AISC E 49)
K
22
, K
33
are effective length factors K
2
in minor and major directions
K
z
is the effective length factor for torsional buckling, and it is
taken equal to K
LTB
in this program; it can be overwritten
L
22
, L
33
are effective lengths in the minor and major directions
r
22
, r
33
are the radii of gyration about the principal axes
L
z
is the effective length for torsional buckling and it i s taken
equal to L
22
by default, but it can be overwritten.
For angle sections, the principal moment of inertia and radii of gyration
are used for computing F
e
. Also, the maximum value of KL, i.e.,
max(K
22
L
22
, K
33
L
33
), i s used in place of K
22
L
22
or K
33
L
33
in calculating
F
e22
and F
e33
in this case. The principal maximum value r
max
is used for
calculating F
e33
, and the principal minimum value r
min
is used in calculat
ing F
e22
.
3.5.2.2 Members with Slender Elements
The nominal compressive strength of members with slender sections, P
n
, is the
minimum value obtained according to the limit states of flexural, torsional and
flexuraltorsional buckling.
3.5.2.2.1 Flexural Buckling
For compression members with slender sections, the nominal compressive
strength, P
n
, based on the limit state of flexural buckling, is given by
P
n
= F
cr
A
g
. (AISC E71)
The flexural buckling stress, F
cr
, is determined as follows:
3  28 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
0.658 , if 4.71 , and
0.877 , if 4.71 ,
y
e
QF
F
y
y
cr
e
y
KL E
Q F
r QF
F
KL E
F
r QF
 


\ .
=
>
=
 

\ .
(AISC E34)
3.5.2.2.2 Torsional and FlexuralTorsional Buckling
For compression members with slender sections, the nominal compressive
strength, P
n
, based on Torsional and FlexuralTorsional limit state is given by:
P
n
= F
cr
A
g
, where (AISC E71)
F
cr
is determined as follows:
0.658 if 4.71 , and
0.877 if 4.71 ,
y
e
QF
F
y
y
cr
e
y
KL E
Q F
r QF
F
KL E
F
r QF
 


\ .
=
>
 
= <

\ .
>
 

\ .
(AISC E74, E75, E76)
BuiltUp:
2
1.0, if 0.64 ,
1.415 0.65 , if 0.64 1.17 ,
0.90
, if 1.17 ,
c
y
y
c c
s
c y y
c c
y
y
Ek b
t F
F
Ek Ek b b
Q
t Ek F t F
Ek Ek b
t F
b
F
t
 
= <

\ .
>
 

\ .
(AISC E77, E78, E79)
where
4
c
w
k
h t
= and 0.35 k
c
0.76, (AISC E7.1b)
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  31
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
and b t is defined as
( )
( )
2 for I Shapes,
2 for T Shapes,
for Channels,
for Double Channels.
t f
f f
f f
f f
b t
b t b
t
b t
b t
 
= <

\ .
>
 

\ .
(AISC E710, E711, E712)
where b is the full width of the longest leg, and t is the corresponding thickness
(AISC B4.1a, E7.1c).
3.5.2.2.3.1.2 Stemof TSections
2
1.0, if 0.75 ,
1.908 1.22 , if 0.75 1.03 , and
0.69
, if 1.03 ,
y
y
s
y y
y
y
d E
t F
F
E d E
Q
E F t F
E d E
t F
d
F
t
= <
>
 

\ .
(AISC E713, E714, E715)
3  32 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
where d is the full nominal depth of the tee and t is the thickness of the element
(AISC B4.1b).
For TShapes, the Q
s
is calculated for the flange and web separately, and the
minimum of the two values is used as Q
s
. For Angle and Double Angle sec
tions, Q
s
is calculated based on the leg that gives the largest b t and so the
smallest Q
s
.
The reduction factor, Q
a
, for slender stiffened elements is defined as follows:
,
eff
a
A
Q
A
= (AISC E716)
where A is the total cross sectional area of the member, and A
eff
is the summa
tion of the effective areas of the crosssection,
A
eff
=A
(bb
e
)t,
based on the reduced effective width, b
e
, which is determined as follows.
3.5.2.2.3.1.3 Webs of I Shapes, Channels, and Double Channels
( )
0.34
1.92 1 , if 1.49 , and
, if 1.49 ,
e
E E b E
t b
f b t F t f
b
b E
b
t f
(
(
(
=
<
(AISC E717)
where f is taken as F
cr
with Q = 1.0 ( AISC 7.2a), and b is taken for rolled
shapes as the clear distance between flanges less the corner radius, and is taken
for welded shapes as the clear distance between flanges.
3.5.2.2.3.2 Webs and Flanges of Box Sections
( )
0.38
1.92 1 , if 1.40 , and
, if 1.40 ,
e
y
E E b E
t b
f b t F t f
b
b E
b
t F
(
(
(
=
<
(AISC E718)
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  33
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
where f is conservatively taken as F
y
(AISC 7.2b). The flange, b, is taken as
b
f
3t
w
, and for webs, b is taken as h3t
f
(AISC B4.1b). The design wall thick
ness is modified for the welding process (AISC B4.2)
3.5.2.2.3.3 Pipe Sections
The reduction factor for slender stiffened elements is given directly by:
( )
1.0, if 0.11 ,
0.038E 2
+ , if 0.11 0.45 , and
3
1.0, if 0.45 ,
y
a
y y y
y
E
D t
F
E D E
Q Q
F D t F t F
E
D t
F
<
= = < <
>
(AISC E719)
where D is the outside diameter and t is the wall thickness. The design wall
thickness is modified for the welding process (AISC B4.2). If D / t exceeds
0.45 / ,
y
E F the section is considered to be too slender and it is not designed.
3.5.3 Nominal Flexure Strength
This section applies to members subject to simple bending about one principal
axis. The members are assumed to be loaded in a plane parallel to a principal
axis that passes through the shear center, or restrained against twisting.
The design flexural strength,
b
M
n
, and the allowable flexural strength,
n b
M , are determined using the following resistance and safety factors:
b
= 0.90 (LRFD) (AISC F1(1))
b
= 1.67 (ASD) (AISC F1(1))
When determining the nominal flexural strength about the major principal axis
for any sections for the limit state of lateraltorsional buckling, it is common to
use the term C
b
, the lateraltorsional buckling modification factor for non
uniform moment diagram. C
b
is calculated as follows:
max
max
12.5
3.0,
2.5 3 4 3
=
+ + +
b
A B c
M
C
M M M M
(AISC F11, H1.2)
where,
3  34 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
M
max
= absolute value of maximum moment in unbraced segment, kipin.
(Nmm)
M
A
= absolute value of moment at quarter point of the unbraced seg
ment, kipin. (Nmm)
M
B
= absolute value of moment at centerline of the unbraced segment,
kipin. (Nmm)
M
C
= absolute value of moment at threequarter point of the unbraced
segment, kipin. (Nmm)
C
b
should be taken as 1.0 for cantilevers. However, the program is unable to
detect whether the member is a cantilever. The user should overwrite C
b
for
cantilevers. The program also defaults C
b
to 1.0 if the minor unbraced length,
l
22
, is redefined to be more than the length of the member by the user or the
program, i.e., if the unbraced length is longer than the member length. The
Overwrites can be used to change the value of C
b
for any member.
The nominal bending strength depends on the following criteria: the geometric
shape of the crosssection; the axis of bending; the compactness of the section;
and a slenderness parameter for lateraltorsional buckling. The nominal bend
ing strength is the minimum value obtained according to the limit states of
yielding, lateraltorsional buckling, flange local buckling, web local buckling,
tension flange yielding as appropriate to different structural shapes. The fol
lowing sections describe how different members are designed against flexure
in accordance with AISC Chapter F. AISC, in certain cases, gives options in
the applicability of its code section, ranging from F2 to F12. In most cases, the
program follows the path of the sections that gives more accurate results at the
expense of more detailed calculation. In some cases, the program follows a
simpler path. For an easy reference, Table 33 shows the AISC sections for the
various scenarios.
Table 3.3 Selection Table for the Application of Chapter F Sections
Section in
Chapter F Cross Section
Flange
Slenderness
Web
Slenderness Limit States
F2
C C Y, LTB
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  35
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
Table 3.3 Selection Table for the Application of Chapter F Sections
Section in
Chapter F Cross Section
Flange
Slenderness
Web
Slenderness Limit States
F3
NC, S C LTB, FLB
F4
C, NC, S NC Y, LTB, FLB
F5
C, NC, S S Y, LTB, FLB
F4
C, NC, S C, NC Y, LTB, FLB, TFY
F5
C, NC, S S Y, LTB, FLB, TFY
F6
C, NC, S Any Y, FLB
F7
C, NC, S C, NC Y, FLB, WLB
F8
N/A N/A Y, LB
F9
C, NC, S Any Y, LTB, FLB
F10
N/A N/A Y, LTB, LLB
F11
N/A Any Y, LTB
F12 Unsymmetrical shapes N/A N/A All limit states
Y = yielding
LTB = lateraltorsional buckling
FLB = flange local buckling
WLB = web local buckling
TFY = tension flange yielding
LLB = leg local buckling
LB = local buckling
C = compact or seismically compact
NC = noncompact
S = slender
3  36 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
3.5.3.1 Doubly Symmetric ISections
3.5.3.1.1 Major Axis Bending
The nominal flexural strength for major axis bending depends on compactness
of the web and flanges.
3.5.3.1.1.1 Compact Webs with Compact Flanges
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest value obtained according to the
limit states of yielding (plastic moment) and lateraltorsional buckling.
3.5.3.1.1.1.1 Yielding
M
n
=M
p
=F
y
Z
33
, (AISC F21)
where, Z
33
is the plastic section modulus about the major axis.
3.5.3.1.1.1.2 LateralTorsional Buckling
( )
33
33
, if ,
0.7 , if , and
, if ,
p b p
b p
n b p p y p p b r
r p
cr p p r
M L L
L L
M C M M F S M L L L
L L
F S M L L
(
 
= < < ( 
(
\ .
>
(AISC F21, F22, F23)
where, S
33
is the elastic section modulus taken about the major axis, L
b
is the
unbraced length, L
p
and L
r
are limiting lengths, and F
cr
is the critical buckling
stress.F
cr
, L
p
, and L
r
are given by:
2
2
2
33 0
1 0.078 ,
b b
cr
ts
b
ts
C E L Jc
F
S h r
L
r
 
= +

  \ .

\ .
(AISC F24)
1.76 ,
p y
y
E
L r
F
= (AISC F25)
2
33 0
33 0
0.7
1.95 1 1 6.76 ,
0.7
y
r ts
y
F
S h E Jc
L r
F S h E Jc
 
= + +

\ .
(AISC F26)
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  37
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
where,
2
33
,
y w
ts
I C
r
S
= (AISC F27)
c = 1, and (AISC F28a)
h
0
is the distance between flange centroids.
3.5.3.1.1.2 Compact Webs with Noncompact or Slender Flanges
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest value obtained from the limit states
of lateraltorsional buckling and compression flange local buckling.
3.5.3.1.1.2.1 LateralTorsional Buckling
The provisions of lateraltorsional buckling for Compact Web and Flanges as
described in the provision pages also apply to the nominal flexural strength of
IShapes with compact webs and noncompact or slender flanges bent about
their major axis.
( )
33
33
, if ,
0.7 , if , and
, if .
p b p
b p
n b p p y p p b r
r p
cr p p r
M L L
L L
M C M M F S M L L L
L L
F S M L L
(
 
= < < ( 
(
\ .
>
(AISC F3.1, F21, F22, F23)
3.5.3.1.1.2.2 Compression Flange Local Buckling
( )
33
33
2
,
0.7 , for noncompact flanges,
0.9
, for slender flanges
pf
p p y
rf pf
n
c
M M F S
M
Ek S
 


\ .
=
(AISC F31, F32)
where ,
pf
, and
rf
are the slenderness and limiting slenderness for compact
and noncompact flanges from Table 3.1, respectively,
3  38 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
,
2
f
f
b
t
=
0.38 ,
pf
y
E
F
= (AISC Table B4.1b, F3.2)
1.0 (Rolled),
0.95 (Welded),
y
rf
c
L
E
F
k E
F
= >
(
  
< > (  
 
(
\ .\ .
rw
=
r
, the limiting slenderness for a noncompact web, as given in
Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1, F4.2)
and M
y
is the yield moment, which is determined as follows:
M
y
= S
33
F
y
(AISC F41)
3.5.3.1.1.3.2 LateralTorsional Buckling
( )
33
33
, if ,
, if ,
, if ,
pc y b p
b p
n b pc y pc y L pc y p b r
r p
cr pc y b r
R M L L
L L
M C R M R M F S R M L L L
L L
F S R M L L
(
 
= < ( 
(
\ .
>
(AISC F41, F42, F43)
where,
2
2
2
33
1 0.078
b b
cr
o t
b
t
C E JC L
F
S h r
L
r
 
= +

  \ .

\ .
(AISC F45)
2
0
0
1
12
6
f
t
w
b
r
h h
a
d h d
=
 
+

\ .
(AISC F411)
10
c w
w
f f
h t
a
b t
= (AISC F412)
3  40 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
1, if 0.23
0, if 0.23
yc y
yc y
I I
C
I I
>
(AISC F4.2)
. 1 1
p t
y
E
L r
F
= (AISC F47)
2
33
33
1.95 1 1 6.76
L o
r t
L o
E J F S h
L r
F S h E J
 
= + +

\ .
(AISC F48)
F
L
= 0.7F
y
(AISC F46a)
R
pc
= web plastification factor, which is determined using a formula de
scribe previously (AISC F49)
I
yc
= moment of inertia of the compression flange about the minor axis
I
y
= moment of inertia of the entire section about the minor axis.
3.5.3.1.1.3.3 Compression Flange Local Buckling
( )
33
33
2
, if flanges are compact,
, if flanges are noncompact, and
0.9
, if flanges are slender,
pc y
pt
n pc y pc y L
rf pt
c
R M
M R M R M F S
Ek S
(  
= ( 

(
\ .
(AISC F41, F413, F414)
where,
F
L
= 0.5F
y
(AISC F46a, F4.3)
R
pc
= is the web plastification factor, which is determined using a formu
la described previously (AISC F49, F4.3)
k
c
=
4
w
,
h t
35 0 76
c
k . (AISC F4.3, Table B4.1)
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  41
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
=
2
f
f
b
t
pf
=
p
, the limiting slenderness for compact flange, as given in Table
31 (AISC Table B4.1b, B4.3)
rf
=
r
, the limiting slenderness for noncompact flange, as given in
Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1b, B4.3).
3.5.3.1.1.4 Slender Webs with Compact, Noncompact, and Slender
Flanges
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest value obtained from the limit states
of compression flange yielding, lateraltorsional buckling, and compression
flange local buckling.
3.5.3.1.1.4.1 Compression Flange Yielding
M
n
= R
pg
F
y
S
33
, (AISC F51)
where R
pg
is the bending strength reduction factor given by
1 5.7 1.0,
1200 300
w c
pg
w w y
a h E
R
a t F
 
 =

+
\ .
(AISC F56)
10,
w
w
f f
ht
a
b t
= (AISC F5.2, F412)
where h
0
is the distance between flange centroids (AISC F4.2).
3.5.3.1.1.4.2 LateralTorsional Buckling
M
n
= R
pg
F
cr
S
33
, (AISC F52)
where F
cr
is the critical lateraltorsional buckling stress given by
3  42 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
( )
2
2
,
, if ,
0.3 , if , and
, if
y b p
b p
cr b y y y p b r
r p
b
y p r
b
t
F L L
L L
F C F F F L L L
L L
C E
F L L
L
r
(  
= < ( 
(
\ .
>
 

\ .
(AISC F51, F53, F54)
where,
1.1
p t
y
E
L r
F
= (AISC F5.2, 47)
0.7
r t
y
E
L r
F
= (AISC F55)
2
0
0
1
12
6
f
t
w
b
r
h h
a
d h d
=
 
+

\ .
(AISC F5.2, F411)
R
pg
is the bending strength reduction factor, which has been described in the
previous section.
3.5.3.1.1.4.3 Compression Flange Local Buckling
M
n
= R
pg
F
cr
S
33
, (AISC F57)
where F
cr
is the critical buckling stress given by
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  43
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
( )
2
, if flanges are compact,
0.3 , if flanges are noncompact, and
0.9
, if flanges are slender,
2
y
pf
cr y y
rf pf
c
y
f
f
F
F F F
Ek
F
b
t
(  
= ( 

(
\ .
 

\ .
(AISC F51, F58, F59)
and ,
pf
, and
rf
are the slenderness and the limiting slenderness ratios for
compact and noncompact flanges from Table 31, respectively, and k
c
is given
by
4
c
w
k
h t
= where 0.35 k
c
0.76. (AISC 5.3)
3.5.3.1.2 Minor Axis Bending
The nominal flexural strength is the lower value obtained according to the limit
states of yielding (plastic moment) and flange local buckling.
3.5.3.1.2.1 Yielding
M
n
= M
p
= F
y
Z
22
1.6F
y
S
22
, (AISC F61)
where S
22
and Z
22
are the section and plastic moduli about the minor axis, re
spectively.
3.5.3.1.2.2 Flange Local Buckling
( )
22
22
, for compact flange,
0.7 , for noncompact flanges, and
, for slender flanges,
n
p
pf
p p y
rf pf
cr
M
M
M M F S
F S
=
 

\ .
(AISC F61, F62, F63)
where,
3  44 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
2
0.69
cr
E
F =
(AISC F64)
2
f
f
b
t
= (AISC F6.2)
and
pf
and
rf
are the limiting slendernesses for compact and noncompact
flanges, respectively, as described in Table 31 (AISC B4.1b).
3.5.3.2 Singly Symmetric ISections
3.5.3.2.1 Major Axis Bending
The nominal of flexural strength for major axes bending depends on compact
ness of the web and flanges.
3.5.3.2.1.1 Compact and Noncompact Webs with Compact, Noncompact
and Slender Flanges
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest values obtained from the limit sates
of compression flange yielding, lateraltorsional buckling, compression flange
local buckling, and tension flange yielding.
3.5.3.2.1.2 Compression Flange Yielding
M
n
= R
pc
M
yc
, (AISC F41)
where, R
pc
is the web plasticity factor, which is determined as follows:
1 if 0.23,
, if , and 0.23,
1 , if , and 0.23,
yc y
p
pc pw yc y
y
p p pw p
pw w rw yc y
y y rw pw y
I I
M
R I I
M
M M M
I I
M M M
= >
(
  
< > (  
 
(
\ .\ .
pw
=
p
, the limiting slenderness for a co mpact web, as given in
Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1b)
rw
=
r
, the limiting slenderness for a noncompact web, as given in
Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1b)
and M
yc
is the yield moment for compression flange yielding, which is
determined as follows:
M
yc
= S
33c
F
y
. (AISC F41)
3.5.3.2.1.3 LateralTorsional Buckling
( )
33
33
, if
, if ,
, if ,
pc yc b p
b p
n b pc yc pc yc L c pc yc p b r
r p
cr c pc yc b r
R M L L
L L
M C R M R M F S R M L L L
L L
F S R M L L
(
 
= < ( 
(
\ .
>
(AISC F4.2)
1.1
p t
y
E
L r
F
= (AISC F47)
2
33
33
1.95 1 1 6.76
L c o
r t
L o
E J F S h
L r
F S h E J
 
= + +

\ .
(AISC F48)
33
33
33 33
33 33
0.7 , if 0.7
0.5 , if 0.7
t
y
c
L
t t
y y
c c
S
F
S
F
S S
F F
S S
(  
= ( 

(
\ .
(AISC F41, F412, F413)
where,
F
L
= is a calculated stress, which has been defined previously
(AISC F46a, F46b, F4.3)
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  47
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
R
pc
= is the web plastification factor, which is determined using a
formula described previously (AISC F49, F4.3)
k
c
=
4
,
w
h t
35 k
c
0.76 (AISC F4.3, Table B4.1)
=
2
fc
fc
b
t
pf
=
p
, the limiting slenderness for compact flange, as given in
Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1b, B4.3)
rf
=
r
, the limiting slenderness for noncompact flange, as given in
Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1b, B4.3).
3.5.3.2.1.5 Tension Flange Yielding
33 33
33 33
, if
, if
p t c
n
pt yt t c
M S S
M
R M S S
=
<
(AISC F415)
where, R
pt
is the web plastification factor corresponding to the tension flange
yielding limit state. It is determined as follows:
, if
1 , if
p
pw
yt
pt
p p pw
pw rw
yt yt rw pw
M
M
R
M M
M M
  
<
 
 
\ .\ .
(AISC F416a, F416b)
where,
M
p
= Z
33
F
y
(AISC F21)
S
33c
= elastic section modulus for major axis bending referred to
compression flange
S
33t
= elastic section modulus for major axis bending referred to ten
sion flange
3  48 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
w
=
c
w
h
t
(AISC F4.4, Table B4.1b)
wp
=
p
, the limiting slenderness for a compact web, as given in
Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1b, F4.4)
rw
=
r
, the limiting slenderness for a noncompact web, as given in
Table 31. (AISC Table B4.1b, F4.4)
3.5.3.2.1.6 Slender Webs with Compact, Noncompact and Slender Flang
es
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest value obtained from the limit states
of compression flange yielding, lateraltorsional buckling, compression flange
local buckling, and tension flange yielding.
3.5.3.2.1.6.1 Compression Flange Yielding
M
n
= R
pg
F
y
S
33c
, (AISC F51)
where, R
pg
is the bending strength reduction factor given by
1 5.7 1.0
1200 300
w c
pg
w w y
a h E
R
a t F
 
 =

+
\ .
(AISC F56)
10
w
w
f f
ht
a
b t
= (AISC F5.2, F412)
where, h
0
is the distance between flange centroids (AISC F2.2).
3.5.3.2.1.6.2 LateralTorsional Buckling
M
n
= R
pg
F
cr
S
33c
, (AISC F52)
where, F
cr
is the critical lateraltorsional buckling stress given by
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  49
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
( )
2
2
,
, if ,
0.3 , if , and
, if
y b p
b p
cr b y y y p b r
r p
b
y p r
b
t
F L L
L L
F C F F F L L L
L L
C E
F L L
L
r
(  
= < ( 
(
\ .
>
 

\ .
(AISC F51, F53, F54)
where,
1.1
p t
y
E
L r
F
= (AISC F5.2, 47)
0.7
r t
y
E
L r
F
= (AISC F55)
2
0
0
1
12
6
=
 
+

\ .
fc
t
w
b
r
h h
a
d h d
(AISC F5.2, F411)
R
pg
is the bending strength reduction factor, which has been described
in a previous section.
3.5.3.2.1.6.3 Compression Flange Local Buckling
M
n
= R
pg
F
cr
S
33c
, (AISC F57)
where, F
cr
is the critical buckling stress given by
3  50 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
( )
2
, if flanges are compact,
0.3 , if flanges are noncompact, and
0.9
, if flanges are slender,
2
y
pf
cr y y
rf pf
c
y
fc
fc
F
F F F
Ek
F
b
t
(  
= ( 

(
\ .
 

\ .
(AISC F51, F58, F 9)
and ,
pf
, and
rf
are the slenderness and the limiting slenderness ratios for
compact and noncompact flanges from Table 31, respectively, and k
c
is given
by
4
,
c
w
k
h t
= where 0.35 k
c
0.76. (AISC 5.3)
3.5.3.2.1.6.4 Tension Flange Yielding
33 33
33 33 33
if ,
if .
p t c
n
y t t c
M S S
M
F S S S
=
<
(AISC F510)
3.5.3.2.2 Minor Axis Bending
The nominal flexural strength is the lower value obtained according to the limit
states of yielding (plastic moment) and flange local buckling.
3.5.3.2.2.1 Yielding
M
n
= M
p
=F
y
Z
22
1.6F
y
S
22
, (AISC F61)
where, S
22
and Z
22
are the section and plastic moduli about the minor axis, re
spectively.
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  51
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
3.5.3.2.2.2 Flange Local Buckling
( )
22
22
, for compact flange,
0.7 , for noncompact flanges, and
, for slender flanges,
n
p
pf
p p y
rf pf
cr
M
M
M M F S
F S
=
 

\ .
(AISC F61, F62, F63)
where,
2
0.69
cr
E
F =
(AISC F64)
max ,
fb ft
tb ft
b b
t t
=
`
)
(AISC F6.2)
and
pf
and
rf
are the limiting slendernesses for compact and noncompact
flanges, respectively, as described in Table 31 (AISC B4.1b).
3.5.3.3 Channel and Double Channel Sections
3.5.3.3.1 Major Axis Bending
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest value obtained according to the
limit states of yielding (plastic moment), lateraltorsional buckling, and com
pression flange local buckling.
3.5.3.3.1.1 Yielding
M
n
= M
p
=F
y
Z
33
, (AISC F21)
where Z
33
is the plastic section modulus about the major axis.
3  52 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
3.5.3.3.1.2 LateralTorsional Buckling
( )
33
33
, if ,
0.7 if , and
, if ,
p b p
b p
n b p p y p p b r
r p
cr p p r
M L L
L L
M C M M F S M L L L
L L
F S M L L
(
 
= < < ( 
(
\ .
>
(AISC F21, F22, F23)
where S
33
is the elastic section modulus taken about the major axis, L
b
is the
unbraced length, L
p
and L
r
are limiting lengths, and F
cr
is the critical buckling
stress. F
cr
, L
p
and L
r
are given by
2
2
2
33 0
1 0.078
b b
cr
ts
b
ts
C E L Jc
F
S h r
L
r
 
= +

  \ .

\ .
(AISC F24)
1.76
p y
y
E
L r
F
= (AISC F25)
2
33 0
33 0
0.7
1.95 1 1 6.76
0.7
y
r ts
y
F
S h E Jc
L r
F S h E Jc
 
= + +

\ .
(AISC F26)
where
2
33
y w
ts
I C
r
S
= (AISC F27)
1 for Double Channel sections
for Channel sections
2
y
o
w
C I
h
C
 

\ .
(AISC F21, F31, F32)
if the web is noncompact,
( )
33
33
2
, for compact flange,
, for noncompact flanges, and
0.9
, for slender flanges,
n
pc y
pf
pc y pc y L
rf pf
c
M
R M
R M R M F S
Ek S
=
 

\ .
(AISC F41, F412, F413)
and if the web is slender,
M
n
= R
pg
F
cr
S
33
(AISC F57)
where, F
cr
is the critical buckling stress give by
( )
2
, if flanges are compact,
0.3 , if the flanges are noncompact,
0.9
, if the flanges are slender,
y
pf
cr y y
rf pf
c
y
F
F F F
Ek
F
 
=


\ .
(AISC F51, F58, F59)
3  54 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
where,
=
2
f
f
b
t
pf
=
p
, the limiting slenderness for compact flange, as given in Table
31 (AISC Table B4.1b, B4.3)
rf
=
r
, the limiting slenderness for noncompact flange, as given in
Table 31 (AISC Table B4.1b, B4.3)
k
c
=
4
,
w
h t
35 k
c
0.76 (AISC F4.3, Table B4.1b)
F
L
= 0.7F
y
(AISC F46a, F4.3)
1 if 0.23,
, if , and 0.23,
1 , if , and 0.23,
yc y
p
pc pw yc y
y
p p pw p
pw w rw yc y
y y rw pw y
I I
M
R I I
M
M M M
I I
M M M
= >
(
  
< > (  
 
(
\ .\ .
w
=
c
w
h
t
pw
=
p
, the limiting slenderness for compact web, as given in Table 31
(AISC Table B4.1)
rw
=
r
, the limiting slenderness for a noncompact web, as given in Ta
ble 31 (AISC Table B4.1)
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  55
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
R
pg
is the bending strength reduction factor, which has been described in a
previous section.
3.5.3.3.2 Minor Axis Bending
The nominal flexural strength is the lower value obtained according to the limit
states of yielding (plastic moment) and flange local buckling.
3.5.3.3.2.1 Yielding
M
n
= M
p
= F
y
Z
22
1.6F
y
S
22
(AISC F61)
where, S
22
and Z
22
are the section and plastic moduli about the minor axis, re
spectively.
3.5.3.3.2.2 Flange Local Buckling
( )
22
22
, for compact flange,
0.7 , for noncompact flanges, and
, for slender flanges,
n
p
pf
p p y
rf pf
cr
M
M
M M F S
F S
=
 

\ .
(AISC F61, F62, F63)
where,
2
0.69
cr
E
F =
(AISC F64)
2
f
f
b
t
= (AISC F6.2)
and
pf
and
rf
are the limiting slendernesses for compact and noncompact
flanges, respectively, as described in Table 31 (AISC B4.1b).
3.5.3.4 Box Sections
This section applies to Box sections with compact or noncompact webs and
compact, noncompact or slender flanges, bent about either axis. The program
uses the same set of formulas for both major and minor direction bending, but
with appropriate parameters.
3  56 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest value obtained according to the
limit states of yielding (plastic moment), flange local buckling and web local
buckling.
3.5.3.4.1 Yielding
M
n
= M
p
= F
y
Z, (AISC F71)
where, Z is the plastic section modulus about the axis of bending.
3.5.3.4.2 Flange Local Buckling
( )
,
for compact flanges,
3.57 4.0 for noncompact flanges, and
for slender flanges,
,
,
y
n p p y p
y eff
p
M
F
b
M M M F S M
t E
F S
=
 
\ .
(AISC F71, F72, F73)
where, S
eff
is the effective section modulus determined using the effective com
pressive flange width, b
e
,
0.38
1.92 1 .
e
y y
E E
b t b
F b t F
(
= (
(
(AISC F74)
See the Reduction Factor for Slenderness section for details (AISC F7, E7.2).
3.5.3.4.3 Web Local Buckling
( )
( )
33
33
, for compact webs, and
0.305 0.738 for noncompact webs,
0.305 0.738 for slender webs.
,
,
y
n p p y p
y
p p y p
p
w
w
M
F
h
M M M F S M
t E
F
h
M M F S M
t E
=
 
\ .
 

\ .
(AISC F71, F75)
Note that the code does not cover the Box section flexure strength if the web is
slender. The program uses the same flexure strength formula for Box sections
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  57
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
with noncompact and slender webs, even though the formula applies only to
noncompact section.
3.5.3.5 Pipe Sections
This section applies to pipe sections with D t ratio less than
0.45
y
E
F
. If a Pipe
section violates this limit, the program reports an error.
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest value obtained according to the
limit states of yielding (plastic moment) and local buckling. The same set of
formulas is used for both major and minor axes of bending.
3.5.3.5.1 Yielding
M
n
= M
p
= F
y
Z (AISC F81)
3.5.3.5.2 Local Buckling
0.021
, for compact sections,
, for noncompact sections, and
, for slender sections,
y
p
n
cr
E
F S
D
t
M
M
F S
+
 
=


\ .
=
=
p y y
n
p y y
M F Z M
M
M F Z M
(AISC F91, F92, F93)
3.5.3.6.1.2 LateralTorsional Buckling
2
1 ,
y
n cr
b
EI GJ
M M B B
L
(
= = + +
(AISC F94)
where, B is taken conservatively as:
2.3 .
y
b
I
d
B
L J
 
=

\ .
(AISC5 F95)
The plus sign for B applies when the stem is in tension (M > 0) and the minus
sign applies when the stem is in compression (M < 0).
3.5.3.6.1.3 Flange Local Buckling of Tee
( )
33
22
, for compact flange,
0.7 1.6 , for noncompact flanges, and
, for slender flanges,
n
p
pf
p p y y
rf pf
cr
M
M
M M F S M
F S
=
 

\ .
(AISC 97)
2
f
f
b
t
= (for TShapes)
=
f
f
b
t
(for Double Angles)
and
pf
and
rf
are the limiting slendernesses for compact and noncompact
flanges, respectively, as described in Table 31 (AISC B4.1b).
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  59
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
3.5.3.6.1.4 Local Buckling for Tee Stems in Flexural Compression
When the flange is under compression (i.e., when the factored moment M
r
is
positive), the nominal moment capacity is taken as follows:
M
n
= F
cr
S
x
, (AISC F98)
where. S
x
is the elastic section modulus about the compression flange, and F
cr
is determined as follows:
( )
( )
2
for 0.84 ,
, 0.84 <1.03 , and
, >1.03 ,
,
1.19 0.50
0.69
cr
y
w y
y w y
w y
y
y
F
d E
F
t F
E d E
F b t
F t F
d E
t F
b t
F
E
E
=
 
 <
\ .
(AISC F99, F910, F911)
where,
,
w
b d
t t
= (for TShapes)
,
w
b d
t t
= (for Double Angles)
and d and t
w
are described in Figure 31.
When the stem is in tension, i.e., when the factored moment M
r
is positive, this
limit state is not considered in the program.
3.5.3.6.2 Minor Axes Bending
The nominal flexural strength for TShapes and Double Angles bent about their
minor (22) axes, i.e., the axis of symmetry, is taken as t he lowest value
obtained according to the limit states of yielding (plastic moment) and flange
local buckling.
3  60 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
3.5.3.6.2.1 Yielding
M
n
= M
p
= F
y
Z
22
1.6F
y
S
22
(AISC F61)
where, S
22
and Z
22
are the section and plastic moduli about the minor axis, re
spectively.
3.5.3.6.2.2 Flange Local Buckling
( )
22
22
, for compact flange,
0.7 , for noncompact flanges, and
, for slender flanges,
n
p
pf
p p y
rf pf
cr
M
M
M M F S
F S
=
 

\ .
(AISC F66)
where,
2
0.69
cr
E
F =
(AISC F64)
2
f
f
b
t
= (for TShapes)
=
f
f
b
t
(for Double Angles)
and
pf
and
rf
are the limiting slendernesses for compact and noncompact
flanges, respectively, as described in Table 31 (AISC B4.1b).
3.5.3.7 Single Angle Sections
The nominal flexural strength of angle sections is conservatively calculated
based on the principal axes of bending. The nominal flexural strength about the
major principal axis is the lowest value obtained according to the limit states of
yielding (plastic moment), lateraltorsional buckling, and leg local buckling.
3.5.3.7.1 Yielding
M
n
= 1.5M
y
, (AISC F101)
where, M
y
is the yield moment about the axis of bending.
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  61
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
3.5.3.7.2 LateralTorsional Buckling
The nominal flexure strength for bending about the major principal axis for the
limit state of lateraltorsional buckling is given as follows:
0.17
0.92 , if , and
0.92 1.17 1.5 , if ,
n
e
e e y
y
y
y y e y
e
M
M
M M M
M
M
M M M M
M
=
 


\ .
 
 >
\ .
(AISC F102, F103)
where M
e
is the elastic lateraltorsional buckling moment defined as follows:
2 2
2
2
2
0.46
for equalleg angles,
4.9
0.052 for unequalleg angles.
b
e
b
w w
z
z
M
Eb t C
L
EI C Lt
r L
=
 
 

+ +




\ .
\ .
(AISC F104, F105)
where,
C
b
= lateraltorsional buckling modification factor for nonuniform
moment diagram. It is computed using equation AISC F11. A limit
on C
b
is imposed (C
b
1.5) in the program (AISC F10).
L = laterally unbraced length of the member. It is taken as the max(L
22
,
L
33
) in the program because L
22
and L
33
are not defined in the princi
pal direction, in. (mm).
I
2
= minor principal axis moment of inertia, in.
4
(mm
4
),
r
t
= radius of gyration for the minor principal axis, in. (mm),
t = angle leg thickness, in. (mm). It is taken as min(t
b
, t
f
)
w
= a section property for unequallegged angles. It is given as follows:
( )
2 2
0
1
2
I
w
A w
z w z dA z = +
w
is positive for short leg in compression, negative for long leg in
compression, and zero for equalleg angles. If the long leg is in com
pression anywhere along the unbraced length of the member, the
negative value of
w
should be used (AISC F10.2). It is conservative
ly taken as negative for unequalleg angles.
z = coordinate along the minor principal axis
w = coordinate along the major principal axis
z
0
= coordinate of the shear center along the zaxis with respect to
the centroid
I
w
= major principal axis moment of inertia
I
z
= minor principal axis moment of inertia.
In the preceding equation, M
y
is taken as t he yield moment about the major
principal axis of bending, considering the possibility of yielding at the heel and
both of the leg tips.
The nominal flexural strength for bending about the minor principal axis for
the limit state of lateraltorsional buckling is not needed because the limit state
of lateraltorsional buckling does not apply for minor axis bending.
3.5.3.7.3 Leg Local Buckling
The nominal flexural strength for bending about the major and minor principal
axes of single angle sections for the limit state of h
g
local buckling are given as
follows:
( )
2
1.5 if compact,
2.43 1.72 if noncompact, and
0.71
if slender,
y c
y
n y c
c
F S
F
b
M F S
t E
E
S
b t
 
 
 
\ .
\ .
(AISC F107, F108, F109)
where,
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Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
S
c
= elastic section modulus to the toe in compression relative to the axis
of bending
t = thickness of the leg under consideration
b = outside width of the leg under consideration.
In calculating the bending strengths for singleangles for the limit state of leg
local buckling, the capacities are calculated for both the principal axes consid
ering the assumption that either of the two tips (toes) can be under compres
sion. The minimum capacities are considered.
3.5.3.8 Rectangular Sections
This section applies to rectangular sections bent about either axis.
The nominal flexural strength is the lowest value obtained according to the
limit states of yielding (plastic moment) and lateraltorsional buckling.
3.5.3.8.1 Yielding
M
n
= M
p
= F
y
Z 1.6M
y
(AISC F111)
3.5.3.8.2 LateralTorsional Buckling
Limit state of lateraltorsional buckling does not apply to rectangular sections
bent about their moving axis. For rectangular sections, M
n
about major axis, is
given by the following:
2
2 2
33 2
0.08
, if ,
0.08 1.9
1.52 0.274 , if ,
1.9
, if ,
e
b
p
y
y
b b
b y p
y y
b
cr p
y
M
M C
F
L d E
F t
F
L d L d E E
M M
E F F t t
L d E
S M
F t
=
(
 
<
( 
\ .
>
(AISC F111, F112, F113)
where, F
cr
is the critical buckling stress, which is given by
3  64 Calculation of Nominal Strengths
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
2
1.9
,
b
cr
b
EC
F
L d
t
= (AISC F114)
where, t is the width of the rectangular bar parallel to axis of bending; d is the
depth of the rectangular bar; and L
b
is the length unbraced against lateral dis
placement of the compression region or twist of the crosssection.
3.5.3.9 Circular Sections
The nominal flexural strength is the value obtained according to the limit states
of yielding (plastic moment).
M
n
= M
p
= F
y
Z 1.6M
y
(AISC F111)
For this section, the limit state of lateraltorsional buckling need not be consid
ered (AISC F11.2(c)).
3.5.3.10General Sections and Section Designer Sections
For General sections and Section Designer sections, the nominal major and
minor direction bending strengths are assumed as:
M
n
= M
y
= SF
y
.
The program does not check any lateraltorsional buckling, flange local buck
ling, web local buckling, or tension flange yielding. The program assumptions
may not be conservative. The user is expected to calculate the capacity and
overwrite it.
3.5.4 Nominal Shear Strength
The nominal shear strengths are calculated for shears along the geometric axes
for all sections. For IShape, Box, Channel, Double Channel, TShape, Double
Angle, Pipe, Circular and Rectangular sections, the principal axes coincide
with their geometric axes. For Angle sections, principal axes do not coincide
with their geometric axes.
In calculating nominal strength for shear, V
n
, it is assumed that there is no
intermedial stiffeners used to enhance shear strength of a section (AISC G22).
The code allows the use of one of following methods: ( a) the limit state of
shear yielding and shear buckling without using tensionfieldaction (AISC
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Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
G2); and (b) post buckling strength of the member or tensionfieldaction
(AISC G3). The program uses the first method to calculate shear strengths.
The design shear strength,
v
V
n
, and the allowable shear strength, ,
n v
V are
determined using the following factors.
For all sections in both the major and minor directions, except for the web of
rolled IShaped members with 2.24
w y
h t E F
v
= 0.9 (LRFD) (AISC G1)
v
= 1.67 (LRFD) (AISC G1)
For the web of rolled IShaped members with 2.24
w y
h t E F and for ma
jor direction shear only
v
= 1.0 (LRFD) (AISC G2.1a)
v
= 1.50 (ASD) (AISC G2.1a)
3.5.4.1 Shear in the Major Direction
The nominal shear strength for major direction, V
n2
, is evaluated according to
the limit states of shear yielding and shear buckling
V
n
= 0.6F
y
A
w
C
v
, (AISC G21)
where A
w
is the area of the web (overall depth times the web thickness, dt
w
),
and C
v
is the web shear coefficient. The expressions of A
w
and C
v
differ from
section to section, as follows.
3.5.4.1.1 IShapes
For all Ishaped members, A
w
is taken as the overall depth of the member times
the web thickness
A
w
= dt
w
. (AISC G2.1(b))
For the webs of rolled Ishaped members with 2.24 ,
w y
h t E F C
v
is taken as
1.
C
v
= 1. (AISC G22)
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For webs of all other Ishaped members, including both singly and doubly
symmetric and both rolled and welded sections, C
v
is taken as follows:
( )
2
1.0, if 1.10 ,
1.10
, if 1.10 1.37 , and
1.51
, if 1.37 ,
v y
w
v y
v v y v y
w w
v
v y
w
w y
C
h
k E F
t
k E F
h
k E F k E F
h t t
Ek h
k E F
t
h t F
=
<
>
(AISC G23, G24, G25)
where k
v
is the web plate bucking coefficient and it is taken as
k
v
= 5. (AISC G2.1(b)(i))
In the preceding expression, for rolled shapes, h is taken as the clear distance
between flanges less the fillet or corner radii, and for builtup welded sections,
h, is taken as the clear distance between flanges (AISC G2.1(b), B4.2).
It should be observed that the
v
factor, also the
v
factor, differs for the web
of rolled Ishaped members with 2.24
w y
h t E F from the web of other I
shaped members.
3.5.4.1.2 Channel, Double Channel, and TShape Sections
A
w
is taken as the overall depth of the member times the web thickness
A
w
= dt
w
for Channel sections, (AISC G2.1(b))
A
w
= 2dt
w
for Double Channel sections, (AISC G2.1(b))
A
w
= dt
w
for TShape sections. (AISC G2.1(b))
C
v
is taken as follows:
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Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
( )
2
1.0, if 1.10 ,
1.10
if 1.10 1.37 , and
1.51
if 1.37 ,
v y
w
v y
v v y v y
w w
v
v y
w
w y
C
h
k E F
t
k E F
h
k E F k E F
h t t
Ek h
k E F
t
h t F
=
<
>
(AISC G23, G24, G25)
where,
k
v
= 5 for Channel and Double Channel sections (AISC G2.1(b)(i))
k
v
= 1.2 for TShape sections (AISC G2.1(b)(i))
and for Channel and Double Channel sections, h is taken as the clear distance
between flanges less the fillet or corner radii (AISC G2.1(b), B4.2); and for T
Shape sections, h is taken as the overall depth (AISC G2.1(b)).
3.5.4.1.3 Box Sections
A
w
is taken as follows:
A
w
= 2ht
w
. (AISC G5)
C
v
is taken as follows:
( )
2
1.0, if 1.10 ,
1.10
, if 1.10 1.37 , and
1.51
, if 1.37 ,
v y
w
v y
v v y v y
w w
v
v y
w
w y
C
h
k E F
t
k E F
h
k E F k E F
h t t
Ek h
k E F
t
h t F
=
<
>
(AISC G5, G23, G24, G25)
where,
k
v
= 5 (AISC G5)
h = d 3t
f
. (AISC G5)
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Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
Note that the design thickness of the Box section can differ by a reduction fac
tor from its nominal thickness if the welding process is ERW (AISC B3.12).
The choice of reduction and the reduction factor C can be overwritten on a
memberbymember basis.
3.5.4.1.4 Angle Sections
A
w
andC
v
are taken as follows:
A
w
= bt (AISC G4)
K
v
= 1.2 (AISC G4)
where b is the width of the leg resisting the shear force.
3.5.4.1.5 Double Angle Sections
A
w
andC
v
are taken as follows:
A
w
= 2bt (AISC G4)
K
v
= 1.2 (AISC G4)
where b is the width of the leg resisting the shear force.
3.5.4.1.6 Rectangular, Circular (Round), General and SD Sections
For these sections, A
w
is calculated as the effective shear area from the basic
principle of elastic shear distribution, and C
v
is taken as 1 for simplicity.
3.5.4.1.7 Pipe Section
The nominal shear strength, V
n
, of round HSS (i.e, Pipe sections) according to
the limit state of shear yielding and shear buckling is taken as
2
n cr g
V F A = (AISC G61)
where,
( )
3 2
0.78
0.6 .
cr y
E
F F
D t
= (AISC G62b)
The code allows F
cr
to be taken as the maximum of two alternate values. The
program conservatively uses one of the two expressions only. In the preceding
equations,
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Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
A
g
= gross area of section based on design wall thickness
D = outside diameter
t = design wall thickness.
The design wall thickness is equal to 0.93 times the nominal wall thickness for
ERW HSS, and equal to the nominal wall thickness for SAW HSS. However,
the choice of thickness reduction and the reduction factor can be overwritten in
the program on a memberbymember basis.
3.5.4.2 Shear in Minor Direction
The nominal shear strength for minor directions, V
n3
, is evaluated according to
the limit states of shear yielding and shear buckling as follows:
V
n
= 0.6F
y
A
w
C
v
, (AISC G21)
where,A
w
is the shear area for minor direction shear, andC
v
is the web shear co
efficient. The expression of A
w
andC
v
differs from section to section as follows.
3.5.4.2.1 IShapes, Channel, Double Channel, and T Shapes
A
w
is taken as the sum of flange areas.
2
2
4
Doubly Symmetric IShapes
Singly Symmetric IShapes
Channels
Double Channels
T Shapes
w
f f
fb fb ft ft
f f
f f
f f
A
b
b
b
b
b
t
t b t
t
t
t
=
+
(AISC G7)
C
v
is taken as follows:
( )
2
1.0, if 1.10 ,
1.10
, if 1.10 1.37 , and
1.51
, if 1.37 ,
v y
w
v y
v v y v y
w w
v
v y
w
w y
C
h
k E F
t
k E F
h
k E F k E F
h t t
Ek h
k E F
t
h t F
=
<
>
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Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
(AISC G7, G23, G24, G25)
where
w
h t is really meant for flange and is taken as follows,
I Shapes
Channels
Double Channels
T Shapes
2
2
w
f f
f f
f f
f f
h
t
b t
b t
b t
b t
=
(AISC G7)
and k
v
is taken as 1.2,
k
v
= 1.2. (AISC G7)
All dimensions used in the preceding equation are explained in Figure 31. For
Singly Symmetric IShapes where each flange has its own properties, the shear
capacity contribution is calculated for each flange separately based on its own
dimensions, and then the combinations are added together.
3.5.4.2.2 Box Sections, Angles, and Double Angles
The shear capacity in the minor direction, V
n3
, is calculated in exactly the same
way as for calculation of the major shear capacity, V
n2
, except that the appro
priate dimensions are used (AISC G4, G5, G1).
3.5.4.2.3 Pipe Sections
The shear capacity in the minor direction, V
n3
, is exactly the same as that for
major direction (AISC G6).
3.5.4.2.4 Rectangular, Circular (Round), General and SD Sections
For these sections, A
w
is calculated as the effective shear area from the basic
principle of elastic stress distribution. C
v
is taken as 1 for simplicity. Then,
equation G21 is used to calculate the shear capacity.
3.5.5 Nominal Torsional Strength
The nominal torsion strengths are calculated for closed sections such as Boxes
and Pipes only. Torsion is ignored in design for all other section types.
The design torsional strength,
T
T
n
, and the allowable torsional strength,
,
n T
T are determined using the following resistance and safety factors:
Calculation of Nominal Strengths 3  71
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
T
= 0.90 (LRFD) (AISC H3.1)
T
= 1.67 (ASD) (AISC H3.1)
The nominal torsional strength,T
n
, according to the limit states of torsional
yielding and torsional buckling, is as follows:
T
n
= F
cr
C, (AISC H31)
where C is the torsional shear constant, and F
cr
is the critical buckling stress.
For round HSS (i.e., Pipe sections), C is taken conservatively as
( )
2
2
D t t
C
= (AISC H3.1 Note)
F
cr
is taken as,
F
cr
= max(F
cr1
, F
cr2
) 0.6F
y
, (AISC H3.1)
where,
1
5
4
1.23
,
cr
E
F
L D
D t
=
 

\ .
and (AISC H32a)
2
3
2
0.60
.
cr
E
F
D
t
=
 

\ .
(AISC H32b)
In the preceding equations,
L = torsional unbraced length of the member, L
LTB
. This length is taken
as the minor direction unbraced length for flexural buckling, L
22
, by
default. However, this length can be overwritten in the program.
D = outside diameter of the Pipe section
t = design wall thickness
For regular HSS (i.e., Box sections),
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Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
( )( ) ( ) { } ( ) ( ) ( )
{ }
3
2 min , 4.5 4 min ,
f w f w f f w
C b t d t t t t t =
(AISC H3.1)
( )
( )
2
2
0.6
0.6 2.45
, if 2.45 ,
2.45
, if 3.07 , and
0.458 , if 3.07 < 26.0.
y y
y
cr y y y
y
F
F F E F h t E F
E F h t
h t E F
E F
h t
E
h t
=
<
(AISC H33, H34, H35)
The variables b
f
, t
w
, d, t
f
, h and t used in the preceding expression have been
explained in Figure 31. In calculating , h t the maximum of the ratio of depth
to thickness and width to thickness are considered.
Here t is the design thickness. The design wall thickness is equal to 0.93 times
the nominal wall thickness for ERW HSS and equal to the nominal wall thick
ness for SAW HSS. However, the choice of thickness reduction and the reduc
tion factor can be overwritten in the program on a memberbymember basis.
3.6 Design of Members for Combined Forces
Previous sections of this design manual address members subject to only one
type of force, namely axial tension, axial compression, flexure or shear. This
section addresses the design of members subject to a combination of two or
more of the individual forces.
In the calculation of the demand/capacity (D/C) ratios, first, for each station
along the length of the member, the actual member force/moment components
are calculated for each design combination. Then, the corresponding capacities
are calculated. Then, the D/C ratios are calculated at each station for each
member under the influence of each of the design combinations. The control
ling D/C ratio is then obtained, along with the associated station and design
combination. A D/C ratio greater than the D/C ratio limit (whose default value
is 1.0) indicates exceeding a limit state.
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Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
During the design, the effect of the presence of bolts or welds is not consid
ered.
3.6.1 Doubly and Singly Symmetric Members Subjected to
Flexure and Axial Compression
The interaction of flexure and axial compression in all members with Doubly
Symmetric sections (IShapes, Double Channel, Box, Pipe, Solid Circular, Sol
id Rectangular) and Singly Symmetric sections (Channel, TShape, Double
Angle), with some exceptional cases, is given as follows:
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
33 22
33 22
8
1.0.
9
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
+ +

\ .
(AISC H11a)
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
<
33 22
33 22
1.0,
2
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
+ +

\ .
(AISC H11b)
where, P
r
and P
c
are the required and available axial strengths; M
r
and M
c
are
the required and available flexural strengths; and 3 and 2 represent the strong
and weak axes, respectively.
Depending on t he selected design provisions (LRFD or ASD), the aforemen
tioned terms are defined as follows:
For design according to LRFD provisions:
P
t
= required axial compressive strength using LRFD load combinations
P
c
= design axial compressive strength =
c
P
n
M
r
= required flexural strength using LRFD load combinations
M
c
= design flexural strength =
b
M
n
c
= resistance factor for compression = 0.90
b
= resistance factor for flexure = 0.90
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Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
For design according to ASD provisions:
P
t
= required axial compressive strength using ASD load combinations
P
c
= allowable axial compressive strength = P
n
/
c
M
r
= required flexural strength using ASD load combinations
M
c
= allowable flexural strength = M
n
/
b
c
= safety factor for compression = 1.67
b
= safety factor for flexure = 1.67
As an exception, for Circular and Pipe sections, an SRSS (Square Root of Sum
of Squares) combination is made first of the two bending components before
adding the axial load component, instead of the single algebraic addition as
implied by the interaction equations given by AISC H11a and AISC H11b.
The resulting interaction equation is given by the following:
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
2 2
33 22
33 22
8
1.0.
9
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
   

+ +
 


\ . \ .
\ .
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
<
2 2
33 22
33 22
1.0.
2
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
   

+ +
 


\ . \ .
\ .
The philosophy behind the preceding modification is that the engineer has the
freedom to choose the principal axis. The engineer can easily choose the prin
cipal axis to match with the resultant moment so that the design is always
based on the uniaxial bending with axial force. In that case, the moment will be
the resultant (SRSS) moment from the two components. The resultant D/C ra
tio calculated using the preceding equations will match the calculated D/C ratio
from the pure resultant moment for the Pipe section. The reason is that M
n
for
the Pipe section is independent of the K and L factors. However, for solic cir
cular (round) sections, the resultant stress ratio calculated using the preceding
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Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
equations will not match exactly with the calculated D/C ratio from the pure
resultant moment because M
n
for this section depends on the K and L factors,
which are known for only two given principal directions.
As an exception, for members with double symmetric sections in flexure and
compression with negligible minor axis bending moment, two independent
limit states, namely inplane instability and outofplane buckling, also are
considered separately considering the combined approach provided in AISC
equations H11a and H11b. The minimum ratio provided by the original ap
proach (AISC H11a, H11b) and the alternative approach described herein are
taken as the resulting D/C ratio.
a) For the limit state of inplane instability, equations H11a and H11b are
used with M
c
having a different meaning.
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
33 22
33, NoLTB 22
8
1.0.
9
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
+ +


\ .
(AISC H11a, H1.3a)
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
<
33 22
33, NoLTB 22
1.0,
2
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
+ +


\ .
(AISC H11b, H1.3a)
where, all the terms in the preceding equations are the same as explained
earlier in this section, except M
c33,NoLTB
is explained as follows:
For LRFD:
M
c33,NoLTB
=
b
M
n33
= design flexural strength determined in accordance
with Chapter F, except that in determining M
n33
, in this case, the lateral
torsional buckling is not considered.
For ASD:
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Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
M
n33,NoLTB
=
33 n b
M = allowable flexural strength determined in ac
cordance with Chapter F, except that in determining M
n33
, in this case,
the lateral torsional buckling is not considered.
In general, M
n33,NoLTB
is either larger than the regular M
n33
or equal to (for
Pipe sections) the regular M
n33
. The negligibility of the minor axis moment
is tested in the program by using a tolerance (0.001) multiplied by the mi
nor direction capacity (M
n22
).
b) For the limit state of outofplane buckling, the following interaction equa
tion is used
2
33
33
1.5 0.5 1.0
r r r
cy cy b c
M P P
P P C M
 
 
+ 


\ .
\ .
(AISC H12)
where
P
cy
= available compressive strength considering outofplane
bending; it is taken equal to
c
P
n
(or
n c
P ),
M
c33
= available flexural strength considering all limit states, in
cluding lateraltorsional buckling.
As an exception, any singlysymmetric IShape section with
yc y
I I beyond the
range of 0.1 0.9
yc y
I I is considered beyond the scope of the code (AISC
H.1, F13.2). Those sections are not checked by the program.
As an exception, all General sections and section created using Section
Designer are treated as Doubly or Singly Symmetric sections. The equations
H11a and H11b are use for calculation of the D/C ratios.
The program considers the lefthand side to calculate the D/C ratio. The D/C
ratio is really compared with the D/C ratio limit rather than 1. By default, the
D/C ratio limit is 0.95. This limit can be changed in the Preferences.
3.6.2 Doubly and Singly Symmetric Members Subjected to
Flexure and Axial Tension
The interaction of flexure and axial tension in all members with Doubly Sym
metric sections (I, Double Channel, Box, Pipe, Solid Circular, Solid Rectangu
Design of Members for Combined Forces 3  77
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
lar) and Singly Symmetric sections (Channel, TShapes, Double Angle), with
some exceptional cases, are given as follows:
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
33 22
33 22
8
1.0
9
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
+ +

\ .
(AISC H1.2, H11a)
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
<
33 22
33 22
1.0,
2
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
+ +

\ .
(AISCH1.2, H11b)
where, P
r
and P
c
are the required and available axial strengths; M
r
and M
c
are
the required and available flexural strengths; and 3 and 2 represent the strong
and weak axes, respectively.
Depending on t he selected design provisions (LRFD or ASD), the aforemen
tioned terms are defined as follows:
For design in accordance with LRFD provisions:
P
t
= required axial tensile strength using LRFD load combinations
P
c
= design axial tensile strength =
c
P
n
M
r
= required flexural strength using LRFD load combinations
M
c
= design flexural strength =
b
M
n
t
= resistance factor for tension (0.90 yielding, 0.75 rupture) (AISC D2)
b
= resistance factor for flexure = 0.90
For design in accordance with ASD provisions:
P
t
= required axial compressive strength using ASD load combinations
P
c
= allowable axial compressive strength =P
n
/
c
M
r
= required flexural strength using ASD load combinations
M
c
= allowable flexural strength =M
n
/
b
t
= safety factor for tension (1.67 yielding, 2.00 rupture) (AISC D2)
3  78 Design of Members for Combined Forces
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
b
= safety factor for flexure = 1.67
As an exception, for Circular and Pipe sections, an SRSS (Square Root of Sum
of Squares) combination is made first of the two bending components before
adding the axial load component, instead of the single algebraic addition as
implied by the interaction equations given by AISC H11a and AISC H11b.
The resulting interaction equation is given by the following:
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
2 2
33 22
33 22
8
1.0
9
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
   

+ +
 


\ . \ .
\ .
For 0.2
r
c
P
P
<
2 2
33 22
33 22
1.0.
2
r r r
c c c
M P M
P M M
 
   

+ +
 


\ . \ .
\ .
As an exception, any singlesymmetric IShape section with
yc y
I I beyond the
range of 0.1 0.9
yc y
I I is considered beyond the scope of the code (AISC
H.1, F13.2). These sections are not checked by the program.
As an exception, all General sections and section created using Section De
signer are treated as Doubly or Singly Symmetric sections. The equations H1
1a and H11b are use for calculation of the D/C ratios.
The program considers the lefthand side to calculate the D/C ratio. The D/C
ratio is really compared with the D/C ratio limit rather than 1. By default, the
D/C ratio limit is 0.95. This limit can be changed in the Preferences.
3.6.3 Unsymmetric Members Subjected to Flexure and Axial
Force
Unlike IShapes, Box, Channel, Double Channel, TShapes, Double Angle,
Pipe, Circular, and Rectangular sections, the principal axes of unsymmetric
Design of Members for Combined Forces 3  79
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
(unequal leg) Single Angle sections do not coincide with their geometric axes.
For Single Angle sections, the principal properties of the section are deter
mined. The forces are resolved in the principal directions (w and z). The itera
tion of flexure and axial stress is calculated as follows:
1.0
ra rbw rbz
ca cbw cbz
f f f
F F F
+ + (AISC H21)
where f
ra
and F
ca
are the required and available axial stresses at the point of
consideration; f
ra
and F
ca
are required and available bending stresses; w is the
subscript related to the major principal axis bending; and z is the subscript re
lated to the minor principal axis bending.
For design in accordance with LRFD provisions:
f
ra
= required axial stress using LRFD load combinations
F
ca
= design axial stress =
c
F
cr
or
t
F
y
f
rbw
, f
rbz
= required flexural stress using LRFD load combinations
F
cbw
, F
cbz
= design flexural stress =
b n
M
S
c
= resistance factor for compression = 0.90
f
= resistance factor for tension (0.9 for yielding, 0.75 for rupture)
(Section AISC D2)
b
= resistance factor for flexure = 0.90
For design in accordance with ASD provisions:
f
ra
= required axial stress using ASD load combinations
F
a
= allowable axial stress = F
cr
/
c
or F
y
/
t
f
rbw
, f
rbz
= required flexural stress using ASD load combinations
F
cbw
, F
cbz
= allowable flexural stress =
n
b
M
S
c
= safety factor for compression = 1.67
f
= safety factor for tension (1.67 for yielding, 2.00 for rupture)
(Section AISC D2)
b
= safety factor for flexure = 1.67
3  80 Design of Members for Combined Forces
Chapter 3  Design using ANSI/AISC 36010
For General sections and Section Designer sections, it is assumed that the sec
tion properties are given in terms of principal directions. These two types of
sections are treated as symmetric sections for interaction purposes.
3.6.4 Members Subject to Torsion, Flexure, Shear and Axial
Force
The interaction of torsion, flexure, shear, and axial force is considered only for
Box and Pipe sections and only if the torsion is significant. Torsion is consid
ered significant when the required torsional strength, T
r
, is more than 20% of
the available torsional strength, T
c
(AISC H3.2). The interaction of torsion with
other forces is ignored when
T
r
0.2T
c
, (AICS H3.2)
and for members with Box sections, the interaction of torsion, shear, flexure
and axial force is given by
2
33 3 22 2
33 22 3 2
1.0,
r r r r r r
c c c c c c
M V P M V T
P M M V V T
   
+ + + + +
 
\ . \ .
(AISC H36)
and for members with Pipe sections, the interaction of torsion, shear, flexure,
and axial forces is given by
2 2 2
33 3 22 2
33 22 3 2
1.0,
r r r r r r
c c c c c c
M V P M V T
P M M V V T
 
     

+ + + + +
  


\ . \ . \ .
\ .
(AISC H36)
where, P
r
and P
c
are the required and available axial strength; M
r
and M
c
are
required and available flexural strength; V
r
and V
c
are required and available
shear strength; and T
r
and T
c
are required and available torsional strength, re
spectively.
For design in accordance with LRFD provisions:
P
r
= required axial strength using LRFD load combinations
P
c
= design compressive/tensile strength =
c
P
n
or
t
P
n
M
r
= required flexural strength using LRFD load combinations
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Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
M
c
= design flexural strength =
b
M
n
V
r
= required shear strength using LRFD load combinations
V
c
= desire shear strength =
v
V
n
T
r
= required torsional strength using LRFD load combinations
T
c
= design torsional strength =
T
T
n
c
= resistance factor for compression = 0.90
t
= resistance factor for tension (0.9 for yielding, 0.75 for rupture) (from AISC D2)
b
= resistance factor for flexure = 0.90
v
= resistance factor for shear = 0.90
T
= resistance factor for torsion = 0.9
For design in accordance with ASD provisions:
P
r
= required axial strength using ASD load combinations
P
c
= allowable compressive/tensile strength = P
n
/
c
or P
n
/
t
M
r
= required flexural strength using ASD load combinations
M
c
= allowable flexural strength = M
n
/
b
V
r
= required shear strength using ASD load combinations
V
c
= allowable shear strength = V
n
/
v
T
r
= required torsional strength using ASD load combinations
T
c
= allowable torsional strength = T
n
/
r
c
= safety factor for compression = 0.90
t
= safety factor for tension (1.67 for yielding, 2.0 for rupture) (from AISC D2)
b
= safety factor for flexure = 0.90
v
= safety factor for shear = 0.90
r
= safety factor for torsion = 0.90
3  82 Design of Members for Combined Forces
Chapter 4
Special Seismic Provisions
(ANSI/AISC 34110)
This chapter provides a detailed description of the algorithms related to special
seismic provisions in the design/check of structures in accordance with the
ANSI/AISC 34110Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings
(AISC 2010c). The code option AISC 36010 covers these provisions. The
same code option covers ANSI/AISC 36010Specifications for Structural
Steel Building (AISC 2010a, b) as the basic code. The implementation covers
load combinations from ASCE/SEI 710, which is described in the section
Design Loading Combination of Chapter 3. The loading based on
ASCE/SEI 710 has been described in a s eparate document entitled CSI
Lateral Load Manual (CSI 2012). References are also made to IBC 2012 in
this chapter.
For referring to pertinent sections of the corresponding code, a unique prefix is
assigned for each code.
Reference to the ANSI/AISC 36010 code carries the AISC prefix.
Reference to the ANSI/AISC 34110, Part I code carries the AISC SEIS
MIC prefix or sometimes SEISMIC only.
Reference to the ASCE/SEI 710 code carries the ASCE prefix.
4  1
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
Reference to the IBC 2012 code carries the IBC prefix.
4.1 Notations
Most of the notations used in this chapter have been described previously in
Chapter 3. Any additional notations used in this chapter are described herein.
DS
S Design earthquake spectral response acceleration parameter at short
period (ASCE 11.4.4)
Redundancy factor (ASCE 12.3.4)
O
Overstrength factor (ASCE Table 12.21)
h
E Effect of horizontal component of design seismic force, including the
effect of (ASCE 12.4.2.1)
v
E Effect of vertical component of design seismic force (ASCE 12.4.2.2)
mh
E Horizontal seismic load effects with overstrength factor (ASCE
12.4.3.1)
E
Q Effects of horizontal seismic forces (ASCE 12.4.2.1, 12.4.3.1)
4.2 Design Preferences
The steel frame design Preference are basic assignments that apply to all of the
steel frame members. The Preferences are described in Appendix B. Tables
B1, B2, and B3 list the steel frame design Preferences. The following steel
frame design Preferences are relevant to the special seismic provisions.
Framing Type
Notional Load Coefficient
Seismic Design Category
Ignore Seismic Code?
Ignore Special Seismic Load?
Is Doubler Plate Plug Welded?
4  2 Notations
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
4.3 Overwrites
The steel frame design Overwrites are basic assignments that apply only to
those elements to which they are assigned. The overwrites are described in Ap
pendix C. Table C1 lists the steel frame design Overwrites. The following
steel frame design overwrites are relevant to the special seismic provisions.
Frame Type
Omega0
Overstrength factor,
y
R
4.4 Supported Framing Types
The code (ANSI/AISC 34110) now recognizes the following types of framing
systems (AISC SEISMIC 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17).
Framing Type References
OMF (Ordinary Moment Frame) AISC SEISMIC E1
IMF (Intermediate Moment Frame) AISC SEISMIC E2
SMF (Special Moment Frame) AISC SEISMIC E3
STMF (Special Truss Moment Frame) AISC SEISMIC E4
OCBF (Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frame) AISC SEISMIC F1
SCBF (Special Concentrically Braced Frame) AISC SEISMIC F2
EBF (Eccentrically Braced Frame) AISC SEISMIC F3
BRBF (Buckling Restrained Braced Frame) AISC SEISMIC F4
SPSW (Special Plate Shear Wall) AISC SEISMIC F5
With regard to these framing types, the program has implemented specifica
tions for all types of framing systems, except STMF, BRBF, and SPSW.
Implementing those three types of framing requires further information about
modeling.
The program recognizes the OCBF framing in its two separate incarnations:
OCBF for regular Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frames (AISC SEISMIC
Overwrites 4  3
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
F1) and OCBFI for (base) Isolated Ordinary Concentrically Braced Frames
(AISC SEISMIC F1.7).
By default, the frame type is taken as Special Moment Frame (SMF) in the
program. However, the default frame type can be changed in the Preference
form for all frames or in the Overwrites form on a memberbymember basis
(Chapter 3). If a f rame type Preference is revised in an existing model, the
revised frame type does not apply to frames that have already been assigned a
frame type through the Overwrites; the revised Preference applies only to new
frame members added to the model after the Preference change and to the old
frame members that were not assigned a frame type though the Overwrites.
4.5 Applicability of the Seismic Requirements
Ideally, the special seismic provisions shall apply when the seismic response
modification factor, R, is taken as greater than 3, regardless of the seismic
design category (AISC SEISMIC A1). R is specified by the applicable
building code (local code or ASCE/SEI 7). IBC actually refers to ASCE 710
for the value of R (IBC 2205.2.1, ASCE Table 12.21). Again, when R is
taken as 3 or less, the structure is not required to satisfy these provisions,
unless specifically required by the applicable building code.
The applicable building code generally restricts buildings designed with an R
factor of 3 or less to Seismic Design Category (SDC) A, B, or C; however,
some systems that have R factors less than 3 are permitted in SDC D, E, or F
(IBC 2205.2, ASCE 12.2.1, ASCE Table 12.21).
The program assumes that the special seismic provisions are applicable to any
structural steel structure that is assigned to SDC D, E, or F, irrespective of the
value of R, and to any structural steel structure designed with an R greater than
3 and that is assigned to SDC A, B, or C. In addition, the program allows the
user to change the default applicability of special seismic provisions using the
Ignore Seismic Code? Preference item.
4.6 Design Load Combinations
The program creates the default design load combinations based on the specifi
cation of ASCE 710 code. The default load combinations are generated differ
4  4 Applicability of the Seismic Requirements
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
ently when the LRFD (ASCE 2.3.2) and ASD (ASCE 2.4.1) provisions are
chosen. The default combinations have been described in Design Loading
Combinations in Chapter 3. Additional information may be found in Design
Load Combinations in Chapter 2. The user may change the default load com
binations if the governing code is different (AISC SEISMIC B2).
The program assumes that the defined earthquake load is really the strength
level earthquake, which is equivalent to Q
E
as defined in Section 12.4.2.1 in
ASCE 710 code. For a regular earthquake, load is considered to have two
components: horizontal,
h
E and vertical
v
E , which are taken as
,
h E
E Q = (ASCE 12.4.2.1)
0.2 ,
v DS
E S D = (ASCE 12.4.2.2)
where, is the redundancy factor as defined in Section 12.3.4 of ASCE 710,
and the
DS
S is the design earthquake spectral response acceleration parameters
at short periods, as defined in Section 11.4.4 of ASCE 710 code.
Effectively, the seismic load combinations for the LRFD provision become
( ) 1.2 0.2 DL
DS E
S Q + (ASCE 2.3.25, 12.4.2.3)
( ) 1.2 0.2 DL 1.0 LL
DS E
S Q + + (ASCE 2.3.25, 12.4.2.3)
( ) 0.9 0.2 DL .
DS E
S Q (ASCE 2.3.27, 12.4.2.3)
The seismic load combinations for the ASD provision become
( ) 1.0 0.14 DL 0.7
DS E
S Q + (ASCE 2.4.15, 12.4.2.3)
( ) ( ) 1.0 0.105 DL 0.75 0.7 0.75 LL
DS E
S Q + +
(ASCE 2.4.16b, 12.4.2.3)
( ) 0.6 0.14 DL 0.7 .
DS E
S Q (ASCE 2.4.18, 12.4.2.3)
The program automatically considers seismic load effects, including
overstrength factors (ASCE 12.4.3), as special load combinations that are cre
ated automatically from each load combination involving seismic loads. In that
Design Load Combinations 4  5
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
case, the horizontal component of the force is represented by
mh
E , and vertical
component of the force is represented by
v
E , where,
mh o E
E Q = and (ASCE 12.4.3.1)
0 2 =
v DS
E . S D. (ASCE 12.4.2.2)
Effectively, the special seismic combinations for the LRFD provision are
(1.2 + 0.2S
DS
)DL
0
Q
E
(ASCE 2.3.25, 12.4.3.2)
(1.2 + 0.2S
DS
)DL
0
Q
E
+ 1.0LL (ASCE 2.3.25, 12.4.3.2)
(0.9 0.2S
DS
)DL
0
Q
E
(ASCE 2.3.27, 12.4.3.2)
and for the ASD provision, the combinations are
(1.0 + 0.14S
DS
)DL 0.7
0
Q
E
(ASCE 2.4.15, 12.4.3.2)
(1.0 + 0.105S
DS
)DL 0.75(0.7
0
)Q
E
+ 0.75LL (ASCE 2.4.16b,12.4.3.2)
(0.6 0.14S
DS
)DL 0.7
0
Q
E
(ASCE 2.4.18,12.4.3.2)
The factor
DS
S is described earlier in this section.
0
is the seismic force
amplification factor that is required to account for structural overstrength. The
factor
0
is the overstrength factor, and it should be picked up from ASCE 7
10, Table 12.21 by the user and input in the Preferences and autoseismic load
definition. The default value of
0
is taken as 3.0 in the program. If the user
defines one or more autoseismic loads, the values of
0
are taken as the
maximum of all the
0
defined for each autoseismic load case. Also if the
user defines special seismic data that includes an
0
value and requests that
the program include the special seismic design data, then this
0
takes
precedence over the default values and those defined for the autoseismic load
cases. Moreover,
0
can be overwritten for each individual member. The
overwritten
0
gets the highest precedence. The guideline for selecting a
reasonable value for
0
can be found in ASCE 710, Table 12.21.
Those combinations involving
0
are internal to the program. The user does
NOT need to create additional load combinations for those load combinations.
The special circumstances for which those load combinations are additionally
4  6 Design Load Combinations
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
checked are described later in this chapter, as appropriate. The special load
combination factors are applied directly to the load cases. It is assumed that
any required scaling (such as may be required to scale response spectra results)
has already been applied to the load cases.
The program assumes that the seismic loads defined as the strength level load
is the program load case. Otherwise, the factors ,
0
, and
DS
S will be unable
to scale the load to the desired level.
4.7 Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
The sections are classified in the program as Seismically Compact, Compact,
Noncompact, Slender, and Too Slender. The sections are classified as Com
pact, Noncompact, or Slender sections in accordance with Section B4 of the
regular code (AISC B4, AISC Table B4.1). The limiting width/thickness ratios,
p
,
r
, and
s
, that demarcate the slenderness limits for Compact,
Noncompact, Slender and Too Slender sections were given in Table 31 in
Classification of Sections for Local Buckling in Chapter 3.
Seismically compact sections are capable of developing the full plastic strength
before local buckling occurs when the section goes through low cycle fatigue
and withstands reversal of load under seismic conditions. The width/thickness
ratio ( ) should be less than the limit,
md
or
hd
, as appropriate, for the sec
tion to be Seismically Compact. The limiting width/thickness ratios,
md
and
hd
, for compression elements are given in Table 41 and are based on t he
Seismic code (AISC SEISMIC D1.1b, Table D1.1). The Seismically Compact
sections are reported as Seismically Compact, or sometimes as Seismic on
ly for brevity in the design output.
For members designated as moderately ductile members, the widthto
thickness ratios of compression elements shall not exceed the limiting width
tothickness ratio, .
md
For members designated as highly ductile members,
the widthtothickness ratio of the compression elements shall not exceed the
limiting widthtothickness ratio, .
hd
The table uses the dimensionrelated variables, such as
f
b ,
f
t ,
w
t , b, t , h,
D, and so forth. Some of those variable have been explained in the table itself.
Classification of Sections for Local Buckling 4  7
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
Table 41 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for Classification Sections
Section
Type
Description
of Element
Graphical
Example
Given
Case
No.
Width
Thick
ness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios for
Compression Elements
Highly Ductile
Members
(
hd
)
Moderately Ductile
Members
(
md
)
S
i
n
g
l
y
o
r
D
o
u
b
l
y
S
y
m
m
e
t
r
i
c
I
S
h
a
p
e
s
Flexural or
uniform
compression
in flanges of
rolled and
welded
IShaped
sections
1
f f
b 2t 0.30
y
E F
0.38
y
E F
Flexural
compression
in webs of
diagonal
braces
5
w
h t 1.49
y
E F 1.49
y
E F
Webs in
flexural
compression
or combined
flexural and
axial
compression
6
w
h t
If 0 125
a
C .
( ) 2.45 1 0.93
a
y
E
C
F
If 0 125
a
C . >
( ) 0.77 2.93
a
y
E
C
F
1.49
y
E
F
If 0 125
a
C .
( ) 3.76 1 2.75
a
y
E
C
F
If 0 125
a
C . >
( ) 1.12 2.33
a
y
E
C
F
1.49
y
E
F
C
h
a
n
n
e
l
Flexural or
Uniform
compression
in flanges
1
f f
b t 0 30
y
. E F 0.38
y
E F
Flexural
compression
in webs of
diagonal
braces
5
w
h t 1.49
y
E F 1.49
y
E F
Webs in
flexural
compression
or combined
flexural and
axial
compression
6
w
h t
If 0 125
a
C .
( ) 2.45 1 0.93
a
y
E
C
F
If 0 125
a
C . >
( ) 0.77 2.93
a
y
E
C
F
1.49
y
E
F
If 0 125
a
C .
( ) 3.76 1 2.75
a
y
E
C
F
If 0 125
a
C . >
( ) 1.12 2.33
a
y
E
C
F
1.49
y
E
F
4  8 Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
Table 41 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for Classification Sections
Section
Type
Description
of Element
Graphical
Example
Given
Case
No.
Width
Thick
ness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios for
Compression Elements
Highly Ductile
Members
(
hd
)
Moderately Ductile
Members
(
md
)
D
o
u
b
l
e
C
h
a
n
n
e
l
Flexural or
Uniform
compression
in flanges
1
f f
b t 0 30
y
. E F 0.38
y
E F
Flexure
compression
in beam web
5
w
h t 1.49
y
E F 1.49
y
E F
Webs in
flexural
compression
or combined
flexural and
axial
compression
6
w
h t
If 0 125
a
C .
( ) 2.45 1 0.93
a
y
E
C
F
If 0 125
a
C . >
( ) 0.77 2.93
a
y
E
C
F
1.49
y
E
F
If 0 125
a
C .
( ) 3.76 1 2.75
a
y
E
C
F
If 0 125
a
C . >
( ) 1.12 2.33
a
y
E
C
F
1.49
y
E
F
B
o
x
Flexural or
axial
compression
of flanges
under major
axis bending
4 b t
0.55
y
E F
0.60
y
E F (columns in
SMF)
0.64
y
E F (braces)
1.12
y
E F (beams)
1.12
y
E F (columns)
Flexural
compression
of webs under
minor axis
bending
4 h t
0.55
y
E F
0.60
y
E F (columns in
SMF)
0.64
y
E F (braces)
1.12
y
E F (beams)
1.12
y
E F (columns)
Webs
in flexural
compression
or combined
flexural or
axial
compression
6 h t
If 0 125
a
C .
( ) 2.45 1 0.93
a
y
E
C
F
If 0 125
a
C . >
( ) 0.77 2.93
a
y
E
C
F
1.49
y
E
F
If 0 125
a
C .
( ) 3.76 1 2.75
a
y
E
C
F
If 0 125
a
C . >
( ) 1.12 2.33
a
y
E
C
F
1.49
y
E
F
Classification of Sections for Local Buckling 4  9
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Table 41 Limiting WidthThickness Ratios of Compression Elements for Classification Sections
Section
Type
Description
of Element
Graphical
Example
Given
Case
No.
Width
Thick
ness
Ratio,
( )
Limiting WidthThickness Ratios for
Compression Elements
Highly Ductile
Members
(
hd
)
Moderately Ductile
Members
(
md
)
T
S
h
a
p
e
Flexural or
axial
compression
in flanges
1
f f
b 2t 0 30
y
. E F 0.38
y
E F
Compression
in stems with
M33 < 0
3
w
d t 0 30
y
. E F 0.38
y
E F
D
o
u
b
l
e
A
n
g
l
e
Any type of
compression
in leg
1 b t 0 30
y
. E F 0.38
y
E F
Any type of
compression
in leg
1 b t 0 30
y
. E F 0.38
y
E F
A
n
g
l
e
Any type of
compression
in any leg
1 b t 0 30
y
. E F 0.38
y
E F
Any type of
compression
in any leg
1 b t 0 30
y
. E F 0.38
y
E F
P
i
p
e
Flexural or
axial
compression
8 D t
0.038
y
E
F
0.044
y
E
F
(braces)
0.070
y
E
F
(beams)
0.070
y
E
F
(columns)
Round
Bar
Assumed noncompact
R
e
c
t
a
n
g
u
l
a
r
Any
compression
b t 2.5 2.5
General Assumed noncompact
SD
Section
Assumed noncompact
4  10 Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
Some of those variable are explained in Figure 31 and also explained in the
code (AISC B4.1, B4.2, Table B4.1). The variable
a
C can be expressed as fol
lows:
( ) for LRFD
for ASD
u c y
a
c a y
P P
C
P P
=
=
 
>

\ .
=
 
>

\ .
(AISC SEISMIC F38, F39)
e
L
e
L
e
2
e
2
L
(a) (b) (c)
e
LL
e
LL
e
2
e
2
LL
(a) (b) (c)
4  18 Member Design
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
( )
( )
2 for IShapes
2 2 for Boxes
f w
lw
f w
d t t
A
d t t
(
(
(AISC SEISMIC F310)
if 0 5 > .
  1.15 0.3 1.6
p
p
M
e
V
(
(
(
(AISC SEISMIC F311)
where,
r c
r c
P P
V V
= (AISC SEISMIC F35b(3))
r u
V V = (LRFD) (AISC SEISMIC F35b(3))
Member Design 4  19
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
r a
V V = (ASD) (AISC SEISMIC F35b(3))
c y
V V = (LRFD) (AISC SEISMIC F35b(3))
1.5
c y
V V = (ASD) (AISC SEISMIC F35b(3))
0.6
y y dw
V F A = (AISC SEISMIC F35b(3))
If the check is not satisfied, the program reports an error message.
The link beam rotation,, of the individual bay relative to the rest of the
beam is calculated as the story drift times bay length ( L ) divided by the
total lengths of link beams ( ) e in the bay.
The link rotation,, is checked as follows (AISC SEISMIC F3.4a):
L
e
=
0 08 . radian, where link beam clear length, 1 6
p p
e . M V
0 02 . radian, where link beam clear length, 2 6
p p
e . M V
value interpolated between 0.08 and 0.02 a s the link beam clear
length varies from 1 6
p p
. M V to 2 6
p p
. M V .
The story drift is calculated as
s d
C
,
I
= (ASCE 12.815)
where
d
C is a System Deflection Amplification Factor and I is the system
Importance Factor.
The beam strength outside the link is checked to be at least the beam force
corresponding to the amplified controlling link beam shear strength, 1.25
R
y
V
n
for IShapes, and 1.4 R
y
V
n
for Box shapes (AISC SEISMIC F3.3).
The controlling link beam nominal shear strength is taken as follows:
4  20 Member Design
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
min( 2 ).
n p p
V V M e = , / (AISC SEISMIC F3.5b(2))
The values of
p
V and
p
M are calculated following the procedure de
scribed previously (AISC SEISMIC F3.5b(2)). The correspondence be
tween brace force and link beam force is obtained from the associated load
cases, whichever has the highest link beam force of interest.
For load combinations including seismic effects, a load
1
Q is substituted
for the term E, where
1
Q is defined as the axial forces and moments gen
erated by at least 1.25
y n
R V for IShapes and 1.4
y n
R V for Box shapes,
where V
n
is the nominal shear strength of the link beam (ASIC SEISMIC
F3.3).
All braces are checked to be Seismically Compact for moderately ductile
frames in accordance with Table 41 (AISC SEISMIC F3.5a, D1.1, Table
D1.1). If these criteria are satisfied, the section is reported as SEISMIC as
described earlier under the Classification of Sections for Local Buckling
in this chapter. If these criteria are not satisfied, the program issues an error
message.
The brace strength is checked the brace forces corresponding to the ampli
fied controlling link beam nominal shear strength 1.25R
y
V
n
for IShapes
and 1.4R
y
V
n
for Box shapes (AISC SEISMIC F3.3). The controlling link
beam nominal shear strengths are obtained by the process described earlier
(AISC SEISMIC F3.5b(1)).
For load combinations including seismic effects, a load
1
Q is substituted
for the term E, where
1
Q is defined as axial forces and moments generat
ed by at least 1.25
y n
R V for IShapes and 1.4
y n
R V for Box shapes, where
V
n
is the nominal shear strength of the link beam (ASIC SEISMIC 15.6a).
All column members are checked to be Seismically Compact for highly
ductile frames in accordance with Table 41 (AISC SEISMICF3.5a, D1.1,
Table D1.1). If these criteria are satisfied, the section is reported as SEIS
MIC as described earlier under the Classification of Sections for Local
Buckling in this chapter. If these criteria are not satisfied, the program is
sues an error message.
Member Design 4  21
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
The column strength is checked for the column forces corresponding to the
controlling link beam nominal shear strength, 1.25
y n
R V for IShapes and
1.4
y n
R V for Box shapes, where V
n
is the nominal shear strength of the link
beam (AISC SEISMIC F3.3). The controlling link beam nominal shear
strength and the corresponding forces are obtained by the process de
scribed previously.
Note: Axial forces in the beams are included in checking the beams. The user
is reminded that using a rigid diaphragm model will result in zero axial forces
in the beams. The user must disconnect some of the column lines from the dia
phragm to allow beams to carry axial loads. It is recommended that only one
column line per eccentrically braced frame be connected to the rigid diaphragm
or that a flexible diaphragm model be used.
4.9.9 Buckling Restrained Braced Frames (BRBF)
No special consideration for this type of framing system is given by t he pro
gram. The user is required to check the seismic design requirements for BRBF
independently.
4.9.10Special Plate Shear Walls (SPSW)
No special consideration for this type of framing system is given by t he pro
gram. The user is required to check the seismic design requirements for SPSW
independently.
4.10 Joint Design
When using the SEISMIC design code, the structural joints are checked and
designed for the following.
Check the requirement of continuity plate and determination of its area
Check the requirement of doubler plate and determination of its thickness
Check the ratio of beam flexural strength to column flexural strength
Report the beam connection shear
Report the brace connection force
4  22 Joint Design
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
4.10.1Design of Continuity Plates
In a plan view of a beamcolumn connection, a steel beam can frame into a
column in the following ways.
The steel beam frames in a direction parallel to the column major direction,
i.e., the beam frames into the column flange.
The steel beam frames in a direction parallel to the column minor direc
tion, i.e., the beam frames into the column web.
The steel beam frames in a direction that is at an angle to both of the prin
cipal axes of the column, i.e., the beam frames partially into the column
web and partially into the column flange.
To achieve a p roper beamcolumn moment connection strength, continuity
plates such as shown in Figure 23 of Chapter 2 are usually placed on the
column, in line with the top and bottom flanges of the beam, to transfer the
compression and tension flange forces of the beam into the column. For
connection conditions described by the first bullet, where the beam frames into
the flange of the column, such continuity plates are not always needed. The
requirement depends on the magnitude of the beamflange force and the
properties of the column. This is the condition that the program investigates.
Columns of I Sections only are investigated. The program evaluates the
continuity plate requirements for each of the beams that frame into the column
flange (i.e., parallel to the column major direction) and reports the maximum
continuity plate area that is needed for each beam flange. The continuity plate
requirements are evaluated for moment frames (OMF, IMF, SMF) only. No
check is made for braced frames (OCBE, SCBF, EBF, BRBF).
The program first evaluates the need for continuity plates. When the required
strength
bf
P exceeds the available strength
n
R (LRFD) or
n
R (ASD), as
appropriate, a continuity plate will be required. The program checks the
following limit states.
The column flange design strength, ,
n
R and the allowable strength, ,
n
R
for the limit state of flange local bending is given as follows:
2
6 25 = .
n fc yc
R t F if not at top story (AISC J101)
Joint Design 4  23
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
2
(0 5)6 25 = . .
n fc yc
R t F if at top story (AISC J101, J10.1)
where
0.9 = (LRFD)
1.67 = (ASD)
The available strength of the column web against local yielding at the toe of
the fillet is given as follows:
(5 0 ) = . +
n c fb yc wc
R k t F t if not at top story (AISC J102)
(2 5 ) = . +
n c fb yc wc
R k t F t if at top story (AISC J103)
where
1.0 = (LRFD)
1.5 = (ASD)
The available strength of the column web against crippling is given as f ol
lows:
1.5
2
0 80 1 3 ,
fb yc fc
tw
n wc
c fc wc
t EF t
t
R t
d t t
(
 
 
(
= . + 


(
\ .
\ .
if not at top story
(AISC J104)
1.5
2
0 40 1 3
fb yc fc
tw
n wc
c fc wc
t EF t
t
R t
d t t
(
 
 
(
= . + , 


(
\ .
\ .
if at top story and 0.2
fb c
t d
(AISC J105a)
(
 
 
(
= . + , 


(
\ .
\ .
1.5
2
0 40 1 4 0.2
fb yw fc
tw
n wc
fc wc
t EF t
t
R t
d t t
if at the top story and
0.2,
fb c
t d >
(AISC J105b)
where
4  24 Joint Design
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
0.75 = (LRFD)
2.0 = (ASD)
The available compressive strength of the column web against local buckling
is given as follows:
3
24
,
wc yc
n
c
t EF
R
d
= if not at the top story (AISC J108)
3
12
,
wc yc
n
c
t EF
R
d
= if at the top story. (AISC J108, J10.5)
If any of the preceding conditions are not met, the program calculates the re
quired continuity plate area as follows.
For LRFD:
( )
bf n
cp
c cr
P R
A
F
= ,
c
= 0.90 (LFRD) (AISC E1)
c
, = 1.67 (ASD) (AISC E1)
F
cr
= Flexural buckling stress of equivalent column
related to the beamcolumn joint
The flexural buckling stress, F
cr
, is determined as follows:
Joint Design 4  25
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
 
\ .
=
>
0.658 , if 4.71 ,
0.877 , if 4.71 ,
y
e
F
F
y
y
cr
e
y
KL E
F
r F
F
KL E
F
r F
(AISC J10.8, E3)
where F
e
is the elastic critical buckling stress given by
2
2
.
e
E
F
KL
r
=
 

\ .
(AISC E34)
The member properties of the equivalent column are taken as follows:
The crosssection is comprised of two stiffeners and a strip of the web having
a width of 25t
wc
at the interior stiffener and 12t
wc
at the ends of the columns
(AISC J10.8).
The effective length is taken as 0.75h, i.e., K = 0.75 and L = h = d
c
2t
fc
(AISC J10.8).
KL
r
is calculated based on the equivalent crosssection and equivalent length
stated here.
In addition to satisfying the preceding limit states, it is made sure that the
equivalent section, consisting of the stiffeners and part of the web plate, is able
to resist the compressive concentrated force (AISC J8). This is similar to a col
umn capacity check. For this condition, the program calculates the required
continuity plate area as follows:
For LRFD:
2
25 ,
bf
cp wc
c cr
P
A t
F
=
The available strength of the web panel zone for the limit state of shear yield
ing is determined as
n
R (LFRD) or
n
R (ASD), as appropriate. Assuming
that the effect of panel zone deformation on frame stability has not been con
sidered in analysis, the nominal strength,
n
R , is determined as follows:
0 6 = . ,
n y c p
R F d t for 0.4
r c
P P , and (LRFD J109)
0 6 1.4
(
= . ,
(
r
n y c p
c
P
R F d t
P
for 0.4 .
r c
P P > (LRFD J1010)
By using
p n
V R = (LRFD) or =
p n
V R (ASD), as appropriate, the required
column panel zone thickness
p
t is found as follows.
For LRFD:
,
0.6
p
p
y c
V
t
F d
= for 0 4
r c
P . P
,
0.6 1.4
p
p
r
y c
c
V
t
P
F d
P
=
 

\ .
for 0 4
r c
P . P . >
For ASD:
,
0.6
=
p
p
y c
V
t
F d
for 0 4
r c
P . P
4  30 Joint Design
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
,
0.6 1.4
=
 

\ .
p
p
r
y c
c
V
t
P
F d
P
for 0 4
r c
P . P >
The extra thickness, or the required thickness of the doubler plate is given as
follows:
=
dp p w
t t t ,
where
y
F = Column and doubler plate yield stress
p
t = Required column panel zone thickness
fn
t = Flange thickness of nth beam
dp
t = Required doubler plate thickness
fc
t = Column flange thickness
w
t = Column web thickness
p
V = Required panel zone shear capacity
c
k
c
V = Column shear in column above
b
n = Number of beams connecting to column
n
d = Overall depth of nth beam connecting to column
n
= Angle between nth beam and column major direction
c
d = Overall depth of column
bn
M = Factored beam moment from corresponding loading combination
n
R = Nominal shear strength of panel
Joint Design 4  31
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
r
P = Required axial strength,
u
P (LRFD) or
a
P (ASD)
y
P = Column axial yield strength,
y
F A
c
P =
y
P (LRFD) or
y
0.6F (ASD)
= 0.9 (LRFD)
= 1.67 (ASD)
The largest calculated value of
dp
t , calculated for any of the load combinations
based on the factored beam moments and factored column axial loads, is re
ported.
Doubler plate requirements for seismic design are evaluated for SMF only. No
further check/design is performed for other types of frames (AISC SEISMIC
E2.6e).
For SMF, the panel zone doubler plate requirements that are reported will
develop at least the beam moments equal to the expected plastic moment ca
pacity of the beam
( )
y p
R M , or beam moments due to specified load combi
nations involving seismic load (AISC SEISMIC 9.3a). For seismic design,
p
V is calculated using the equation given previously, except that
pb
M is tak
en as
33 y y
R F Z .
The capacity of the panel zone in resisting this shear is taken as:
2
3
0 60 1 ,
cf cf
n y c p
b c p
b t
V F d t
d d t
 
= . + 

\ .
for 0 75
u y
P P . (AISC J1011)
2
3
0 60 1 1.9 1.2 ,
cf cf
r
n y c p
b c p c
b t
P
V F d t
d d t P
 
 
= . + 


\ .
\ .
for 0.75
r c
P P > (AISC J1012)
giving the required panel zone thickness as
2
3
0 6
p v cf cf
p
y c b c
V b t
t
F d d d
= ,
.
if 0.75
r c
P P
4  32 Joint Design
Chapter 4 Special Seismic Provisions
(AISC SEISMIC E3.6e(1), AISC J1011)
2
3
0 6 1.9 1.2
p v cf cf
p
b c r
y c
c
V b t
t
d d P
F d
P
= ,
 
.

\ .
if 0.75 .
r c
P P >
(AISC SEISMIC E3.6e(1), AISC J1012)
In the preceding expression, the term
p v
V is replaced by
v p
V if the ASD
provision is followed. The required doubler plate thickness is calculated as
dp
t =
p wc
t t
where,
= 1.0 (LRFD) (AISC J10.6, SEISMIC E3.6e(1))
= 1.50 (ASD) (AISC J10.6, SEISMIC E3.6e(1))
cf
b = width of column flange
cf
t = thickness of column flange
p
t = required column web thickness
b
d = depth of deepest beam framing into the major direction of the
column
All other terms were explained previously.
For SMF, the program checks the following panel zone column web thick
ness requirement:
( ) ( )
2 2
.
90
c fc b fb
d t d t
t
+
(AISC SEISMIC E37)
Here, t is taken as
wc dp
t t + when the doubler plate is plug welded to prevent
local buckling. In such cases,
dp
t is increased if necessary to meet this criteri
Joint Design 4  33
Steel Frame Design AISC36010
on. If the doubler plate is not plug welded to the web, t is taken as
wc
t and
also as
dp
t for checking both the plates. If
wc
t cannot satisfy the criteria, then
a failure condition is declared. If
dp
t does not satisfy this criterion, then its
value is increased to meet the criteria. If the check is not satisfied, it is noted
in the output.
4.10.3Weak BeamStrong Column Measure
Only for Special Moment Frames (SMF) the code requires that the sum of col
umn flexure strengths at a joint should be more than the sum of beam flexure
strengths (AISC SEISMIC E2.4a). The column flexure strength should reflect
the presence of axial force present in the column. The beam flexural strength
should reflect potential increase in capacity for strain hardening. To facilitate
the review of the strong column weak beam criterion, the program will report a
beamcolumn plastic moment capacity ratio for every joint in the structure.
For the major direction of any column (top end), the beamtocolumnstrength
ratio is obtained as
1
maj
cos
.
b
n
pbn n
n
pcax pcbx
M
R
M M
=
+
= ,
+
pbn
M = Plastic moment capacity of th n beam connecting to column
n
= Angle between the th n beam and the column major direc
tion
, pcax y
M = Major and minor plastic moment capacities, reduced for axial
force effects, of column above story level
, pcbx y
M = Major and minor plastic moment capacities, reduced for axial
force effects, of column below story level
b
n = Number of beams connecting to the column
The plastic moment capacities of the columns are reduced for axial force ef
fects and are taken as
uc
pc c yc
g
P
M Z F
A
 
 =

\ .
(LRFD) (AISC SEISMIC E32a)
1.5
ac
pc c yc
g
P
M Z F
A
(
= (
(
(ASD) (AISC SEISMIC E32b)
The plastic moment capacities of the beams are amplified for potential increase
in capacity for strain hardening as
1 1
= .
pb y yb b mv
M R F Z f (LFRD) (AISC SEISMIC E33a)
1.1
pb y yb b mv
M R F Z f
P
Figure A1 P and P effects
In design codes, required strengths are usually required to be determined using a
secondorder analysis that considers both P and P effects. Approximate
secondorder analysis procedures based on amplification of responses from
firstorder analysis for calculating the required flexural and axial strengths are
common in current design codes and have the following general form:
1 2
= +
CAP nt lt
M B M B M (AISC A81)
2
= +
CAP nt lt
P P B P (AISC A82)
where,
,
CAP CAP
M P = Required axial and flexural design capacities
,
nt nt
M P = Required axial and flexural capacities from firstorder analy
sis of the member assuming there is no translation of the
frame (i.e., associated with the deformation in Figure A1)
,
lt lt
M P = Required axial and flexural capacities from firstorder analy
sis of the member as a result of lateral translation of the frame
Appendix A  2
Appendix A PDelta Effects
only (i.e., associated with the deformation in
Figure A1)
1
B = Unitless amplification factor multiplying
nt
M
2
B = Unitless amplification factor multiplying ,
lt lt
M P
Depending on t he choice of analysis methods, which is provided by the
ANSI/AISC 36010 code, a rigorous second order analysis or the amplification
of first order analysis results to estimate the effect of second order effects is
required. The program has the capability of performing both. In the first case, the
required strengths are determined directly from the analysis results without any
amplification factors (i.e.,
1
B and
2
B are equal to 1). However, these amplifi
cation factors can always be overwritten by the user on a memberbymember
basis, if desired, using the overwrite option.
To properly capture the P effect in a f inite element analysis, each element,
especially column elements, must be broken into multiple finite elements. Alt
hough a single element per member can capture the P effect to some extent, the
program considers that inadequate. For practical reasons, the software internally
divides the column elements into two members. The user must provide addi
tional subdivisions where a column is expected to have multiple inflection
points.
In general, steel frame design requires consideration of PDelta effects in the
analysis before the check/design is performed. Although two elements per line
object are generally adequate to capture the P effect, it is recommended to use
more than two elements per line object for the cases where both P and P
effects are to be considered for a member having multiple points of inflection.
However, explicit manual breaking of the member into elements has other
consequences related to member end moments and unbraced segment end mo
ment. It is recommended that the members be broken internally by the program.
In this way, the member is recognized as one unit, end of the members are
identified properly, and P and P effects are captured better.
Appendix A  3
Appendix B
Steel Frame Design Preferences
The Steel Frame Design Preferences are basic assignments that apply to all of
the steel frame members. Tables B1, B2, and B3 list Steel Frame Design
Preferences for AISC 36010. Default values are provided for all preference
items. Thus, it is not necessary to specify or change any of the preferences.
However, at least review the default values to ensure they are acceptable. Some
of the preference items also are available as member specific overwrite items.
The Overwrites are described in Appendix C. Overwritten values take prece
dence over the preferences.
Table B1: Steel Frame Design Preferences
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
Design Code Design codes
available in the
current version
The selected design code. Subsequent design is
based on this selected code.
Time History Design Envelopes,
StepbyStep,
Last Step, etc.
Envelopes Toggle for design combinations that include a time
history designed for the envelope of the time history,
or designed stepbystep for the entire time history.
If a single design combination has more than one
time history case in it, that design combination is
designed for the envelopes of the time histories,
regardless of what is specified here.
Appendix B  1
Steel Frame Design AISC 36010
Table B1: Steel Frame Design Preferences
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
Framing Type SMF, IMF,
OMF, SCBF,
OCBF, OCBFI,
EBF
SMF This item is used for ductility considerations in the
design, when seismic provisions are considered.
Seismic Design
Category
A, B, C, D, E, F D This item varies with the Seismic Hazard Exposure
Group and the Effective Peak Velocity Related
Acceleration.
Design Provision ASD, LRFD LRFD Application provisions for calculation of
allowable/design and required strength of individual
elements. Selection of ASD will enable additional
fields for safety factor overwrites, whereas selection
of LRFD will enable additional fields for resistance
factors.
Analysis Method 7 Values Direct Analysis
Method with
General 2
nd
Order
Analysis and
b
variable
Indicates the method used to check/design the steel
members. The design module does not verify the
acceptability of the selected design analysis method;
the user is expected to verify acceptability. Also, the
user is expected to set the appropriate stiffness
modification factors and to supply the combinations
with appropriate notional loads.
Notional Load
Coefficient
> 0 0.002 The coefficient used to define the notional load as a
fraction of a given gravity load pattern.
Ignore Seismic Code? Yes, No No Toggle to consider (No) or not consider (Yes) the
seismic part of the code in design.
Ignore Special
Seismic Load?
Yes, No No Toggle to consider (No) or not consider (Yes)
special seismic load combinations in design.
Is Doubler Plate Plug
Welded?
Yes, No Yes Toggle to indicate if the doublerplate is plug welded
(Yes) or it is not plug welded (No).
HSS Welding Type ERW, SAW ERW Indicates the procedure used for welding the steel
members.
Reduce HSS
Thickness?
Yes, No Yes Toggle to consider if the HS (Box or Pipe) thickness
is reduced (Yes) or should not be reduced (No).
Consider
Deflection?
Yes, No No Toggle to consider the deflection limit (Yes) or to
not consider the deflection limit (No).
DL Limit, L/ 0 120 Deflection limit for dead load. Inputting 120 means
that the limit is L/120. Inputting zero means no
check will be made of this item.
Appendix B  2
Appendix B Steel Frame Design Preferences
Table B1: Steel Frame Design Preferences
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
Super DL+LL Limit, L/ 0 120 Deflection limit for superimposed dead plus live
load. Inputting 120 means that the limit is L/120.
Inputting zero means no check will be made of this
item.
Live Load Limit, L/ 0 360 Deflection limit for superimposed live load.
Inputting 360 means that the limit is L/360.
Inputting zero means no check will be made of this
item.
Total Limit, L/ 0 240 Deflection limit for total load. Inputting 240 means
that the limit is L/240. Inputting zero means no
check will be made of this item.
TotalCamber Limit, L/ 0 240 Limit for net deflection. Camber is subtracted from
the total load deflection to get net deflection.
Inputting 240 means that the limit is L/240. Inputting
zero means no check will be made of this item.
Pattern Live Load
Factor
1.0 0.75 The live load factor for automatic generation of load
combinations involving pattern live loads and dead
loads.
D/C Ratio Limit 1.0 0.95 The demand/capacity ratio limit to be used for
acceptability. D/C ratios that are less than or equal to
this value are considered acceptable. The program
will select members from the auto select list with
D/C ratios less than or equal to this value.
Maximum Number of Auto
Iteration
1 1 Sets the number of iterations of the analysisdesign
cycle that the program will complete automatically
assuming that the frame members have been
assigned auto select sections.
Table B2 Additional Steel Frame Design Preferences LRFD Provision
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
Phi (Bending) 1.0 0.9 Resistance factor for flexure.
Phi (Compression) 1.0 0.9 Resistance factor for compression.
Phi (TensionYielding) 1.0 0.9 Resistance factor for yielding in tension.
Phi (TensionFracture) 1.0 0.75 Resistance factor for tension rupture.
Phi (Shear) 1.0 0.9 Resistance factor for shear.
Phi (Shear, Short Webbed
Rolled IShapes)
1.0 1.0
Resistance factor for shear for specific
shortwebbed rolled IShapes.
Phi (Torsion) 1.0 0.9 Resistance factor for torsion.
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Table B3 Additional Steel Frame Design Preferences for ASD Provision
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
Omega (Bending) 1.0 1.67 Safety factor for flexure.
Omega (Compression) 1.0 1.67 Safety factor for compression.
Omega (TensionYielding) 1.0 1.67 Safety factor for yielding in tension.
Omega (TensionFracture) 1.0 2.00 Safety factor for tension rupture.
Omega (Shear) 1.0 1.67 Safety factor for shear.
Omega (Shear, Short
Webbed Rolled IShape)
1.0 1.50 Safety factor for shear for specific shortwebbed
rolled IShapes.
Omega (Torsion) 1.0 1.67 Safety factor torsion.
Appendix B  4
Appendix C
Steel Frame Design Procedure Overwrites
The structural model may contain frame elements made of several structural
materials: s teel, concrete, aluminum, coldformed steel and other materials.
The program supports separate design procedures for each material type. By
default the program determines the design procedure from the material of the
frame member.
The software allows the user to turn off or turn on design of specific members
by selecting No Design or Default from material. Refer to the program Help for
information about overwriting the design procedure.
Overwrites
The steel frame design Overwrites are basic assignments that apply only to
those elements to which they are assigned. Table C1 lists Steel Frame Design
Overwrites for AISC 36010. Default values are provided for all overwrite
items. Thus, it is not necessary to specify or change any of the overwrites.
However, at least review the default values to ensure they are acceptable.
When changes are made to overwrite items, the program applies the changes
only to the elements to which they are specifically assigned. overwritten values
take precedence over the preferences (Appendix B).
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Table C1 Steel Frame Design Overwrites for AISC 36010
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
Current Design
Section
Any defined steel
section
Analysis section
The design section for the selected frame object.
When this Overwrite is applied, any previous auto
select section assigned to the frame object is
removed.
Fame Type SMF, IMF,
OMF, SCBF,
OCBF, OCBFI,
EBF
From Preferences
This item is used for ductility considerations in the
design.
Omega 0 1.0 Calculated This factor is related to seismic force and ductility.
Consider
Deflection?
Yes, No From Preferences Toggle to consider the deflection limit (Yes) or to not
consider the deflection limit (No) in design.
Deflection Check
Type
Ratio,
Absolute,
Both
Both Choose to consider deflection limit as an absolute, as
a divisor of the beam length, as both, or with no
deflection limit.
DL Limit, L/ 0 From Preferences Deflection limit for dead load. Inputting 120 means
that the limit is L/120. Inputting zero means no
check will be made of this item.
Super DL+LL
Limit, L/
0 From Preferences Deflection limit for superimposed dead plus live
load. Inputting 120 means that the limit is L/120.
Inputting zero means no check will be made of this
item.
Live Load Limit, L/ 0 From Preferences Deflection limit for superimposed live load. Inputting
360 means that the limit is L/360. Inputting zero
means no check will be made of this item.
Total Limit, L/ 0 From Preferences Deflection limit for total load. Inputting 240 means
that the limit is L/240. Inputting zero means no check
will be made of this item.
TotalCamber Limit,
L/
0 From Preferences Limit for net deflection. Camber is subtracted from
the total load deflection to get net deflection.
Inputting 240 means that the limit is L/240. Inputting
zero means no check will be made of this item.
DL Limit, abs 0 1. Deflection limit for dead load. Inputting zero means
no check will be made of this item.
Super DL+LL Limit,
abs
0 1. Deflection limit for superimposed dead plus live
load. Inputting zero means no check will be made of
this item.
Live Load Limit, abs 0 1. Deflection limit for superimposed live load. Inputting
zero means no check will be made of this item.
Total Limit, abs 0 1. Deflection limit for total load. Inputting zero means
no check will be made of this item.
Appendix C  2
Appendix C Frame Design Overwrites
Table C1 Steel Frame Design Overwrites for AISC 36010
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
TotalCamber Limit,
abs
0 1. Deflection limit for net deflection. Camber is
subtracted from the total load deflection to get net
deflection. Inputting a value of 240 means that the
limit is L/240. Inputting zero means no check will be
made of this item.
Specified Camber
0 0
The specified amount of camber to be reported in the
design output and to be used in the net deflection
check.
Live Load Reduction
Factor
0 Calculated
The reducible live load is multiplied by this factor to
obtain the reduced live load for the frame object.
Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
Net Area to Total
Area Ratio
0 1.0
The ratio of the net area at the end joint to gross
crosssectional area of the section. This ratio affects
the design of axial tension members. Specifying zero
means the value is the program default, which is 1.
Unbraced Length
Ratio (Major)
0 Calculated
Unbraced length factor for buckling about the frame
object major axis; specified as a fraction of the frame
object length. This factor times the frame object
length gives the unbraced length for the object.
Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
Unbraced Length
Ratio (Minor)
0 Calculated
Unbraced length factor for buckling about the frame
object minor axis; specified as a fraction of the frame
object length. This factor times the frame object
length gives the unbraced length for the object.
Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
Unbraced Length
Ratio (LTB)
0 L22
Unbraced length factor for lateraltorsional buckling
for the frame object; specified as a fraction of the
frame object length. This factor times the frame
object length gives the unbraced length for the
object. Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
Effective Length
Factor (K1 Major)
0 1.0
Effective length factor for buckling about the frame
object major axis; specified as a fraction of the frame
object length. This factor times the frame object
length gives the effective length for the object.
Specifying zero means the value is program
determined. For beam design, this factor is always
taken as 1, regardless of any other value specified in
the Overwrites. This factor is used for the B1 factor.
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Table C1 Steel Frame Design Overwrites for AISC 36010
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
Effective Length
Factor (K1 Minor)
0 1.0
Effective length factor for buckling about the frame
object minor axis; specified as a fraction of the frame
object length. This factor times the frame object
length gives the effective length for the object.
Specifying zero means the value is program
determined. For beam design, this factor is always
taken as 1, regardless of any other value specified in
the Overwrites. This factor is used for the B1 factor.
Effective Length
Factor (K2 Major)
0 Calculated
Effective length factor for buckling about the frame
object major axis assuming that the frame is braced
at the joints against sidewsway; specified as a
fraction of the frame object length. This factor times
the frame object length gives the effective length for
the object. Specifying zero means the value is
program determined. For beam design, this factor is
always 1, regardless of any other values specified in
the Overwrites. The factor is used for axial
compression capacity.
Effective Length
Factor (K2 Minor)
0 Calculated
Effective length factor for buckling about the frame
object minor axis assuming that the frame is braced
at the joints against sidewsway; specified as a
fraction of the frame object length. This factor times
the frame object length gives the effective length for
the object. Specifying zero means the value is
program determined. For beam design, this factor is
always 1, regardless of any other values specified in
the Overwrites. The factor is used for axial
compression capacity.
Effective Length
Factor (K LTB)
0 K2 minor
Effective length factor for lateraltorsional buckling;
specified as a fraction of the frame object length.
This factor times the frame object length gives the
effective length for the object. Specifying zero means
the value is program determined. For beam design,
this factor is taken as 1 by default. The values should
be set by the user.
Moment Coefficient
(Cm Major)
0 Calculated
Unitless factor; Cm for major axis bending is used in
determining the interaction ratio. Inputting zero
means the value is program determined.
Moment Coefficient
(Cm Minor)
0 Calculated
Unitless factor; Cm for minor axis bending is used in
determining the interaction ratio. Inputting zero
means the value is program determined.
Bending Coefficient
(Cb)
0 Calculated
Unitless factor; Cb is used in determining the
interaction ratio. Inputting zero means the value is
program determined.
NonSway Moment
Factor (B1 Major)
0 Calculated
Unitless moment magnification factor for nonsway
major axis bending moment. Specifying zero means
the value is program determined.
NonSway Moment
Factor (B1 Minor)
0 Calculated
Unitless moment magnification factor for nonsway
minor axis bending moment. Specifying zero means
the value is program determined.
Appendix C  4
Appendix C Frame Design Overwrites
Table C1 Steel Frame Design Overwrites for AISC 36010
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
Sway Moment
Factor (B2 Major)
0 1.0
Unitless moment magnification factor for sway
majoraxis bending moment. Specifying zero means
the value is program determined. The program
determined value is taken as 1 because it is assumed
that PDelta effects were specified to be included in
the analysis, and thus no further magnification is
required.
Sway Moment
Factor (B2 Minor)
0 1.0
Unitless moment magnification factor for sway
majoraxis bending moment. Specifying zero means
the value is program determined. The program
determined value is taken as 1 because it is assumed
that PDelta effects were specified to be included in
the analysis, and thus no further magnification is
required.
HSS Welding Type
ERW, SAW
From Preferences
Indicates the procedure used to check/design the steel
members.
Reduce HSS
Thickness?
Yes, No
From Preferences
Toggle to consider if the HS (Box or Pipe) thickness
is reduced (Yes) or should not be reduced (No).
Yield Stress, Fy
0 From Material
Material yield strength used in the design/check.
Specifying zero means the value is program
determined. The program determined value is taken
from the material property assigned to the frame
object.
Overstrength
Factor, Ry
0 From Material
The ratio of the expected yield strength to the
minimum specified yield strength. This ratio is used
in capacitybased design for special seismic cases.
Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
Compressive
Capacity, Pnc
0 Calculated
Nominal axial compressive capacity. Specifying
zero means the value is program determined.
Tensile Capacity,
Pnt
0 Calculated
Nominal axial tensile capacity. Specifying zero
means the value is program determined.
Major Bending
Capacity, Mn3
0 Calculated
Nominal bending moment capacity in major axis
bending. Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
Minor Bending
Capacity, Mn2
0 Calculated
Nominal bending moment capacity in minor axis
bending. Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
Major Shear
Capacity, Vn2
0 Calculated
Nominal shear capacity force for major direction
shear. Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
Minor Shear
Capacity, Vn3
0 Calculated
Nominal shear capacity force for minor direction
shear. Specifying zero means the value is program
determined.
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Table C1 Steel Frame Design Overwrites for AISC 36010
Item Possible Values Default Value Description
D/C Ratio Limit
0 Calculated
The demand/capacity ratio limit to be used for
acceptability. D/C ratios that are less than or equal to
this value are considered acceptable. Specifying zero
means the value is program determined.
Appendix C  6
Appendix D
Interactive Steel Frame Design
The Interactive Steel Frame Design command is a powerful mode that allows
the user to review the design results for any steel frame design and
interactively revise the design assumptions and immediately review the revised
results.
Note that a design must have been run for the interactive design mode to be
available. With the design results displayed, right click on a f rame object to
display the Steel Stress Check Information form for the member. Click on the
Overwrites button to display the Design Overwrites form, where the member
section or other design parameters may be changed. Clicking OK on this form
results in an immediate updating of the results displayed on the Steel Stress
Check Information form.
Appendix D  1
Appendix E
Analysis Sections vs. Design Sections
Analysis sections are those section properties used to analyze the model when
an analysis is run (refer to the program Help for information about running an
analysis). The design section is whatever section is used in the steel frame
design. It is possible for the last used analysis section and the current design
section to be different. For example, an analysis may be run using a W18X35
beam, and then in the design, it may be found that a W16X31 beam worked. In
that case, the last used analysis section is the W18X35 and the current design
section is the W16X31. Before the design process is complete, verify that the
last used analysis section and the current design section are the same. Refer to
the program Help for information about completing this task.
The program keeps track of the analysis section and the design section
separately. Note the following about analysis and design sections:
Assigning a frame section property assigns the section as both the analysis
section and the design section.
Running an analysis always sets the analysis section to be the same as the
current design section.
Assigning an Auto Select section list to a frame object initially sets the
analysis and design section to be the section in the list with the median
weight.
Appendix E  1
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Unlocking a model deletes the design results, but it does not delete or
change the design section.
Altering the Design Combinations in any way deletes the design results,
but does not delete or change the design section.
Altering any of the steel frame design preferences deletes the design
results, but does not delete or change the design section.
Appendix E  2
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